A DEDICATED mum has embarked on a challenge with her four-leg pal to raise money for a cancer charity.

Lennie-Jay Petchey, 31, of Harwich, is taking part in the 100km Dog Walking Challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support this May.

The cause encourages dog walkers to take on either a 50, 75 or 100km route throughout the month to help everyone living with the life-changing diagnosis.

Dexter, a nine-month-old miniature dachshund, is Lennie’s companion and they are both determined to smash the target.

The Macmillan organisation holds a special place in Lennie’s heart after she lost her beloved grandmother June Fletton to breast cancer.




She said: “I decided to take part in it mainly in memory of my nan who passed away in 2012 after a short fight with cancer.

“I also have friends going through the same fight at the moment and know that it would be a lot harder if they didn’t have the support that Macmillan can offer.”

Now the pawesome duo is enjoying daily walks in a bid to smash their 100km target with a coast walk from Wrabness to Bradfield being the longest distance they have covered.




Lennie said: “Dexter is a nine-month-old miniature dachshund so our progress is quite slow and means lots of rest breaks for his little legs.

“He is definitely enjoying the challenge as he loves to be out and about and meeting other dogs and people.

“People will probably spot us walking up and down the seafront in Harwich. Dexter stands out with his wonky ear and brindle colouring for a sausage dog.




“Our five-year old-son Tate Petchey sometimes joins us on walks at the weekend when he’s not at school. He joined us on the longest one we have done so far, which was 7km.”

Lennie added: “I’ve never done a challenge like this before and it’s quite nice to have a reason to get out and about.

“We have set our fundraising target at £150 although I am happy with whatever we get, as every little helps.”

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