THE first ever Hoof it for the Hospice event will take place within the spectacular grounds of Ardgowan Estate.

Sir Ludo Shaw Stewart is delighted to welcome visitors to the grounds for a 3km stroll to help a local charity close to his heart.

Tiny tots, parents, grannies and grandpas are invited to put their best foot forward on September 9.

Sir Ludo told the Telegraph: "We have worked with the hospice for a long time in a strong relationship forged over many years and regularly hold fundraising events such as Snowdrop Day and the Carol Concert.

"The hospice is wonderful. It supports the local community and families when they need it most."

"It will be great to see visitors to enjoy the estate in a different capacity.

Sir Ludo said: "We really hope people will take this opportunity to support the hospice by coming to visit us. We value the interest and support we get from the local community and we are delighted to support the Hospice.

An extra twist to the event is the fact that the estate has bought the original key Rennie Mackintosh key that opened Glasgow School of Art.

Sir Ludo said: "Some months ago we acquired the Rennie Mackintosh key with a view to giving a replica to each couple married at Ardgowan, as a memento of their big day. "Poignantly, this is now appears to be one of the last artefacts left of the original GSA.

"As a gesture of support for the hospice we’d like to kick-start this initiative by donating the first replica to the hospice treasure hunt."

The event, being organised by the hospice in conjunction with the Estate, is being supported by Aulds Bakery, Londis, Barrs Cottage and Sainsbury's Gourock.

There will also be a treasure hunt, medals for every finisher and post-walk entertainment including face painting for the kids plus food and drinks.

Elaine McNeill, hospice fundraising officer, said: "This new event in our fundraising calendar allows families and friends to get together in the fresh air and experience the wonder of the Ardgowan Estate and also help us raise funds."

To sign up for the walk visit or call 726830.