Do you love animals? Want to do your bit to help them this Christmas? Join animal-loving celebs and take on The Blue Cross’ 25K challenge next month.

A host of celebrities are getting behind the latest fundraising event for Blue Cross. Broadcaster and presenter Kay Burley and Life Coach, author and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Camilla Sacre-Dallerup are both backing the campaign to get animal lovers on the move this December and take steps to meet the 25-kilometre challenge.

The challenge is £12 to sign up and meet the target by running, jogging or walking – with or without a dog. It is a virtual event so supporters can top up with sponsorship and share on social media to take part within their home, garden or local community – whilst keeping themselves and others safe by social distancing.

Kay Burley, who owners two Irish setters, says: ‘My dogs Paddy and Frank have been more treasured than ever over the past few months. What could be a more worthwhile and important way to support pets and owners during difficult times than taking part in Blue Cross’s 25k Step into Christmas event.’

Kay Burley with dogs

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, who owns rescue crossbreed dogs Charlie and Hunter, says: ‘One of the best habits in my life is my daily dog walks. It’s a time to bond with our dogs, look after my own physical and mental health and connect with nature, it’s nurture for my soul. I can’t think of a better way to spend the coming weeks – dog walks that help our wonderful furry friends by raising funds and awareness of Blue Cross’s work to help pets in need. 25K let’s go!’

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup

Everyone who completes the virtual 25k will receive a special Blue Cross medal and finishers certificate to acknowledge the difference they’ve made to pets in need. For this event, Turn on Animations here is an option for dogs taking part to receive their own ‘medal’ dog tag by adding an extra £3 for four-legged participants.

Tracey Chittock, Blue Cross Head of Community and Events says: ‘This Christmas will be different for everyone. We know how comforting and valuable pets have been to their owners this year more than ever, so we want to give those pets without a home the extra special day they deserve. By coming together and getting involved to support our Step into Christmas event it will really support the many pets and people in need of our help.’

If you do take on this challenge with your canine pal – do check out Blue Cross advice on to make sure it’s safe and fun for you both. You can find more advice on running with your dog here.

Places are limited so sign up now.

Step into Christmas medal