Here she talks about how she and her miniature schnauzer Cooper joined forces to raise funds for the charity.
“One of the best things about having a dog is taking him for long walks – so learning that we could raise money for Meningitis Now at the same time piqued my interest immediately."
“WAG isn’t complicated, and the real beauty of it is that you don’t have to ask anyone for too much money – I decided to set it up for £2 a walk and promise to do 30 walks over 30 days. Even my daughter was able to sponsor us for this amount."
“To start with, completing the walks after work was easy. Cooper has a dog walker in the daytime and gets a long run with other dogs, so doesn’t need much more than half an hour round the park later in the day."
“But as the nights drew in I realised it was going to be a lot harder going out in the dark – as well as the cold, wind, and rain!"
“By this time however I had already raised more than my target so knew I couldn’t back out. Cooper didn’t want me too either – if there’s one thing he loves, it’s being outside, sniffing every leaf he finds, and lifting his leg to mark every tree, lamp post or park bench we come across."
“As autumn turned to winter we got closer to our target. With a full-time job as well as family commitments, there were a few days when I struggled to fit in a walk as well but even if it was just a quick five minutes round the block we managed it."
“In the end we raised £66 (my target was £60) and had the added satisfaction of knowing that I got that extra bit of exercise every day. I would certainly recommend WAG if you wanted an easy, yet enjoyable, way to raise some money for Meningitis Now."
“And as for Cooper, I am pretty sure he would recommend it too!”