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Remember we told you about the bluebell walk on Sunday 6 May – well, a little (little) bit of rain didn’t put people off, and it went ahead and raised £800 for Canine Partners, a charity that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
Over 100 people donned wellies and brollies, and walked the walk – many with their dogs in tow, with bluebells in abundance. Walkers covered a distance of two miles and were given the chance to meet some of the charity’s partnerships and see a demonstration about the amazing abilities of a canine partner and how they change the life of a person with disabilities. The team was joined on the day by some of the puppy parents and their pups in training.
Essex Community Fundraiser Lindsay Hurrell said “It really is great that the local community support this event every year and I would like to thank them personally. We raised around £800, and this money will go towards our puppy training satellite in Essex. The Essex Fundraising Team is always looking for volunteer puppy parents and other volunteers to help strengthen our activity throughout Essex.”
The funds raised will help the team in Essex train more dogs to change the lives of people with disabilities like Alison Wyatt from Colchester who has multiple sclerosis. “Prior to having canine partner Maddy, it was difficult to bend, pick things up and reach far away objects due to being in a wheelchair. As soon as I met Maddy I felt happiness and love, especially when she came home with me last year. Day to day she helps me with jobs and moving about that I cannot do. Life has become so much easier and Maddy has allowed me to be more confident and start to socialise again.”
To contact the Essex team please call 0845 209 0750.