DOGGONE! Pooches put their best paws forward to help raise funds for a life-saving charity.

The dogs (and their owners) took part in the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance’s annual Heli Hounds walk at Earls Colne.

Nearly 200 hounds and their owners took part in the sponsored walk meeting at the charity’s headquarters on Earls Colne Business Park.

The three mile walk including a trek through the scenic grounds of the Marks Hall estate.

Visitors were also treated to the sight of one of the charity’s helicopters taking off from the nearby airbase for one of their missions.

Participants also got the chance to get some training and pointers from the Burnham and District Dog Training Club.

A dog show was judged by two of the trust’s paramedics with dogs given awards in classes including best rescue, best veteran, little and large, and dog and owner lookalike.

Events manager Emily Donnachie said: “It was amazing to see so many dogs and their owners in one place.

“The event has raised over £2,300 so far. Once we have received everyone’s sponsorship money this figure could double, which would be amazing.”

Later in the month, the trust will be holding a Strictly Air Ambulance event at the Five Lakes Resort in Tolleshunt Knights.

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