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Hundreds of people gather in Keswick to walk in memory of ‘Max the Miracle Dog’

Hundreds of people gathered to walk in memory of a special dog who touched the hearts of people all over the world.’Max the Miracle Dog’ became famous when videos of his walks in the Lake District were posted on Facebook by his owner, Kerry Irving, from Keswick.During his life, Max raised more than £450,000 for charities, alongside Kerry’s other two dogs, Paddy and Harry. A statue of Max was erected at Hope Park in Keswick, last year.It was announced last month that the 14-year-old spaniel had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and on April 6, Kerry revealed that Max had been put to sleep in Manesty Woods. A memorial walk was held on Sunday to honour the much-loved dog’s life and raise money for the Hope Park Charitable Trust and the upkeep of Max’s statue. About 1,500 people turned out and wore orange for Max, to walk from Keswick Rugby Club to Calfclose Bay, which was one of his favourite walks.In a video from the event posted by Kerry on the Max Out in the Lake District, he said it was an “incredible turnout” for his late dog.In a Facebook live after the walk, Kerry said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who turned up to celebrate Max’s memorial walk.”We did what we wanted to achieve and we will remember that walk. Very, very emotional and I know a lot of people were emotional.”But what a fantastic send-off. A sea of orange which was just incredible. It really does put a lump in your throat.”There are still a lot of donations coming through. It is so humbling to see the support that we got for our boy.”I think everybody had a good time. Thank you so much for making our day so special. It was phenomenal. I don’t think the town has seen anything like it.” To donate, go to: www.gofundme.com/f/Hope-Park-and-Max-statue-Keswick Read MoreNews and Star | News

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