Crufts and Stand Up To Cancer launch Walkies Challenge

Today (7 March), Crufts has announced its support for the Stand Up To Cancer Walkies Challenge, asking owners and their four-legged friends to step up to the challenge of walking 60 miles across the month of April to fundraise for Stand Up To Cancer.

Crufts, which begins on Thursday at Birmingham’s NEC and can be followed on Channel 4, is urging its visitors and competitors to offer their support and participation in the Stand Up To Cancer Walkies Challenge via a huge pledge pawprint, which will be at the event for owners and their four-legged friends to find out more and sign up to the challenge. Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research.

At the event’s official launch today, at the NEC, the dogs of Crufts put their paws up in support of the challenge.

Bill Lambert, spokesperson for Crufts, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising and the Walkies Challenge at Crufts 2023. Cancer is a cruel disease which affects so many and we hope that Crufts visitors and competitors alike – and any dog-owners watching from home – will pledge their support and step up to the challenge. We’re sure our clever canines at the event will sniff out the opportunity for more ‘walkies’ and pledge their support via our giant pawprint!”

Simon Harrison, Head of Stand Up To Cancer, added: “We’re hugely grateful to Crufts for supporting the Walkies Challenge. We’ve made amazing progress against cancer, but one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime - which is why fundraising challenges like this one are so crucial. Stand Up To Cancer funds pioneering research to get treatments to patients sooner and it’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to continue this work.”

100% of the money raised through the Walkies Challenge will go to Cancer Research UK, in support of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

Interested owners and those who want to sign up can find out more about the Stand Up To Cancer Walkies Challenge by visiting here. Owners and their canine counterparts will receive a free Stand Up To Cancer t-shirt and a fundraising pack, as well as tips, advice and a challenge certificate from the team at Stand Up To Cancer.

Dog-walking advice, including during warmer weather, is available on The Kennel Club website.

Over 24,000 dogs are competing at Crufts 2023, which takes places at the NEC in Birmingham from 9-12 March. Tickets and more information about what’s on at the event is available on the Crufts website.