Pooches take to their paws for guide dogs charity

POOCH lovers can lead the way towards a happier future for the visually-impaired by joining a sponsored event in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Volunteer fund-raiser and guide dog user Glenis Julyan is inviting dog owners to join her and dozens of others for the annual sponsored walk around Thybergh Country Park at 11am on Saturday (3).

The event, which comes as part of National Guide Dogs Week — October 3 to 11 — will help Rotherham Guide Dogs for the Blind in its efforts to raise cash towards the £50,000 needed to provide a blind person with a specially-trained canine companion.

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Glenis said: “It’s hard to describe what a difference a guide dog can make to your life.

“They are your key to independence and your best friend.

“There is no government funding for guide dogs, so its essential that we keep up our fund-raising efforts and it would be lovely if people could join us at Thrybergh Country Park for our annual sponsored walk. Everyone is welcome.”

As well as the dog walk there will be a raffle — with pooch-themed prizes — and refreshments available to participants and their dogs.

Those taking part in the walk can also log on to the Guide Dogs for the Blind web-site to claim a free bandana for their pet to wear on the day.

Glenis said: “It’s all a bit of fun. I really hope we see a good turnout.”

For more information about Guide Dogs for the Blind visit www.guidedogs.org.uk.