Thornton Cleveley’s wife Alison Johnson dresses up as Scooby Doo for a nine-mile sponsored walk in memory of the late foster dog


The 50-year-old NHS worker will be conducting the walk in memory of her late rescue dog – a lurcher named Koona, who died suddenly last October.

“I’m doing a sponsored dog walk dressed up as Scooby Doo on Good Friday to try and raise some money and awareness for The Cinnamon Trust – the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.”

“The walk is in memory of my lifelong foster dog, Koona, who was given to me by the Cinnamon Trust eight years ago.”

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Alison will be taking the Good Friday walk with her other dogs, Ebony and Skye, dressed as Scooby Doo

She is accompanied on the walk by her two dogs – one of which will be in a wheelchair because of a brain injury.

Explaining how she came to foster Koona, Alison added: “The idea was for Koona to stay with me for six weeks while her owner undergoes cancer treatment.

“After six months, however, the owner realized she couldn’t take care of her, so she became a lifelong caretaker with me.”

During this time the Cinnamon Trust always found an alternative foster home for Koona to cover the holidays so she didn’t have to go to kennels and also paid for all of her vet bills.

The late Koona

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Last October, Koona became very ill and required several vet appointments within a week. Unfortunately, the vets couldn’t save her and she died in her sleep.

Alison added: “The Cinnamon Trust was brilliant after her death. They made all the arrangements with the crematorium and paid for everything and contacted the vets to advise them so I wanted to give them something back.”

Starting at 10am on Good Friday, it will run from Red Bank Road to the Sandcastle and then back to Norbreck Castle before returning to Red Bank Road.

Alison Johnson, of Thornton Cleveleys, will walk nine miles next week to raise money for the Cinnamon Trust, which helped her stumbling dog Koona before she died

“I will have my two dogs with me – Skye – a Standard Poodle and Ebony – a small crossbreed with brain damage who will be in a stroller.”

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