A WOMAN whose pet is used to soothe children at Acorns Children's Hospice is backing a fundraising dog walk.

Dog Janna has been making regular visits as part of PAT (Pets as Therapy) to children with life-limiting conditions being cared for by the hospice on Bath Road.

Owner Kathleen Carney, from Perdiswell, Worcester, has been a registered PAT dog helper for three years and for two years has been visiting Acorns for the Three Counties.

She is backing the charity's superhero-themed dog walk fundraiser at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on Sunday, April 27.

She said: “Therapy dogs are very special and intuitive. When they’ve got their tabard on they know they’ve got a job to do, that the people they’re visiting are vulnerable, and that they need to be gentle.

“I’m backing the Acorns Dog Walk because I’ve seen the great work they do, and hope that lots of local dogs get involved to help the cause.”

Liam Flynn, events assistant at Acorns said: “Dogs are special in lots of ways and by taking part in the dog walk canines will be supporting many local children with life limiting conditions.

"We are grateful for every single dog and owner that gets involved with the event.”

There is a 3km or 6km route to choose from and to sign up visit www.acorns.org.uk/dogwalk, email events@acorns.org.uk or call 0844 984 0405.