Comet reporter walks Letchworth Greenway dressed as newshound Sniffer to help motor neurone disease campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:59 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 16 May 2017

Letchworth Walks to d'feet MND.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Letchworth Walks to d'feet MND. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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The Comet's Letchworth & Baldock reporter walked around the Garden City Greenway in a furry dog suit at the weekend to raise more than £500 for charity.

JP, dressed as Sniffer the Comet Newshound, with another dog during the Greenway walk.JP, dressed as Sniffer the Comet Newshound, with another dog during the Greenway walk.

Dressed as Sniffer the Comet Newshound, JP Asher joined 24 non-costumed walkers for Letchworth Walks to D’Feet MND, a drive to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The campaign, led by Letchworth’s Claire Pedrick, takes the form of 12 charity walks around the 13.6-mile Greenway over the course of this year – and after the fourth walk on Saturday, more than £18,000 has been donated to the cause.

Hitchin dad-of-two JP decided to take part after interviewing Claire in March about the campaign, which was inspired by the MND diagnosis of family friend John and neighbour Pete.

In an attempt to raise extra cash to fight the disease, he covered the distance while dressed as Sniffer.

JP said afterwards: “It was not so bad mostly, and only really got a bit tough towards the end when the helmet shell inside Sniffer’s head collapsed.

“I was drinking Ribena through a straw and I got some cake in through Sniffer’s mouth when we stopped a couple of times.

“It was quite hard, but it really pales into insignificance next to what people living with motor neurone disease have to go through every day, not to mention how it impacts on their loved ones and friends. I just hope the money this raises goes some little way towards helping to end this crippling disease.”

Organiser Claire said afterwards: “It was great to have this dog-themed walk, and it’s made us think about having a theme for each walk now, to help us keep the energy and enthusiasm up to support our friends.

“We’re absolutely overwhelmed by the support we’ve had. It’s amazing.”

The walkers, accompanied by seven dogs – not including Sniffer – set off from The Fox at Willian at 9am and walked in an anti-clockwise loop around the Greenway, stopping at Radwell Meadows, Standalone Farm and the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living. They returned to The Fox shortly after 2pm.

The Letchworth Walks to D’Feet campaign is now far beyond its original fundraising target of £12,000, and is approaching the £19,000 mark.

The next Letchworth Walks to D’Feet challenge is on June 3. To find out more or get involved see justgiving.com/Claire-Pedrick.

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