Meet the Sheffield pup putting his best paw forward for St Luke's Night Strider

A Yorkshire Terrier from Sheffield is proof that four legs are better than two, as he prepares to take up the Night Strider challenge next month.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 10:19 am
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 9:21 pm
Four legs are better than two for Night Strider Alfie

Alfie, and his owner Caroline Travis took part in the top fundraising event for the first time last October, and now they’re preparing to stride out again, as the charity night returns to the city centre on October 5.

Caroline said: “I was really pleased that Alfie managed to walk all the way round the 10k course last year.

“He was a dog on a mission and he wasn’t going to be stopped so we’re really looking forward to doing it again this year, though going up those hills can feel like you’re doing the full half marathon.”

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Caroline will be joined on the walk by colleagues from long-time St Luke’s supporters and sponsors Pricecheck.

“We all do it at our own pace but there’s a great atmosphere and everybody is so supportive,” she said.

“The fact that I can bring Alfie along too is very special because it’s something we can do together and that he enjoys – or I think he enjoyed it!”

And Caroline is planning to make sure that four-year-old Alfie is fully branded for the occasion.

I think I’m going to use last year’s Night Strider T-shirt to make his own outfit,” Caroline says.

“If everybody else is dressed for the occasion, it’s only right that Alfie should be too.”

Night Strider is one of Sheffield’s biggest and brightest night-time walking challenge, which invites people from all across the city to ‘get their glow on.’ Running in the city for the fifth time this October, those taking part can take in some of the city’s finest views by moonlight, knowing that every step they take will ultimately help the hospice to continue supporting Sheffield people affected by terminal illness.

Head to the new start location of the Peace Gardens on October 5, before venturing out on the 10k or half marathon route with your family, friends or even four-legged team mates.

St Luke’s cares for people aged 18 and above throughout Sheffield who have terminal illnesses, aiming to control their symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. Each year, the hospice cares for around 1,800 patients, as well as supporting their families and carers – helping about 6,000 people in all.