Hero of the Month May 2019

May 28, 2019

Each month we celebrate the weird and wonderful, from people who are key fundraisers in their community, to people with the coolest jobs. People that go outside the norm, swim against the shoal if you will, and do something fun or extraordinary.

This month we want to introduce Max & Paddy, not people but two Springer Spaniels from Keswick who raise money for a number of different charities. We spoke to Kerry Irving their owner and the human behind the pups.

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How long have you had Max & Paddy?

I’ve known Max for around ten years and we were given the chance to adopt him just over four years ago. He just lived around the corner from us and we started to take him out for walks after a road traffic accident.

Paddy is two and a half and came to us at nine weeks old. We had another arrival Harry who is just over six months old, he’s a full brother to Paddy.

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How did you all become involved with your charity walks?

We were constantly asked if people could join us on a walk so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone would be interested in joining us for a charity walk. We had 900 people respond within an hour!

We have to limit the number of people on our walks for safety. It’s a great chance for people to join in and meet new friends and have time out in the Lake District.

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Which charities have you raised money for?

To date we’ve raised over £91,000 for charities like The PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals).

We also work with Fix the Fells, supporting volunteers to repair eroded footpaths in the Lakes, The National Trust, Scotty’ Little Soldiers (helping children cope with military bereavement), Service Dogs UK (supplying dogs to military PTSD sufferers) Hospice at Home, Local hospitals, and various animal rehiring centres.

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What kind of walks have you done?

Our walks are normally two and a half hours long and vary in different terrain. Some challenging and some are accessible for all abilities and ages. We get people joining us from all over the country ages vary from toddlers to octogenarians! 

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Do you have a favourite walk?

To choose a favourite walk is very difficult, any walk is a good walk and even doing the same walk everyday will be different due to weather and season? 

We see you have met a lot of celebrities can you tell us about a few you have met.

Meeting Warwick Davies was incredible, he is such a warm friendly person. As a fan of Star Wars it was a real treat to meet him and his family at The Pencil Museum in Keswick.

We also had the honour of attending the Queens Garden Party and being presented to HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Absolute honour to be able to talk to them about what we do. Max even got a belly rub from her highness Kate. 

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Can you tell us more about some walks you have coming up?

We are supporting a walk for Hospice at Home on the 22nd June


And a big event on 17th August for Max’s birthday where we have a short level walk followed by a doggy buffet and raffle with some amazing prizes, details are on our Facebook page.

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Do you have any tops tips for getting through your long walks?

Preparation! Always check the weather forecast, we can get four seasons in a day so dress for the worst!

Make sure you have food and water, a collapsible bowl for your dog is a great idea as the Fell tops can be very dry in summer!

Pace yourself and enjoy the day, take time to look around and take in the views.

What is your ideal weekend?

Being outdoors and having time with the dogs. Taking the dogs in the van (VW Transporter) or Woofsporter as it’s known, camping out watching a sunrise, spending a day on the hills then settling down to enjoy a sunset. It’s amazing and would suggest everyone try it! 

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We want to sat a big thank you to Kerry, Max & Paddy, it is an honour to make them our heroes for the month, especially as we have just celebrated opening our latest store in Keswick, we hope they all pop into visit.