Charity walk at Arlington raises cash for Canine Partners

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Canine Partners will be holding a Big Arlington Bluebell Walk at Bates Green Farm on April 13-15 (10am-5pm).

This Canine Partners Big Bluebell Walk is part of the 43rd Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail which is taking place for 16 different charities.

Ruth Narracott, East Sussex and Surrey satellite co-ordinator and organiser of the walk, said, “It is a great family fun event raising money for a wonderful charity which really does change lives.

“There is a choice of six different beautiful walks for you to choose from, with one route gravelled to allow access to wheelchairs and pushchairs. Everyone can get involved – so bring your friends, grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren and dogs along to join in the fun!

“Refreshments and food will be available as well as Canine Partners merchandise. Walkers can also visit an animal barn with pigs, goats and sheep and take part in a quiz.”

Canine Partners provides specially trained assistance dogs to help people with disabilities such as opening and closing doors, undressing, pressing buttons, retrieving items, unloading washing machines, taking card and cash from ATMs and other everyday tasks that disabled people find difficult, painful or impossible to do for themselves.

The Big Bluebell Walk is a family fun event

It’s not just walking that’s raising charity cash, Sovereign Harbour Rotarian Joyce Lee tackled the Eastbourne Half Marathon on Sunday (March 1) in aid of Canine Partners.

Canine Partners CEO Andy Cook added, “The Big Bluebell Walk is a family fun event and we would like as many people as possible to join us on our spring scenic walk - and you are more than welcome to bring your dog along too but it must be kept on a lead.

“We do not receive any government funding and rely solely on donations so the money you raise will help create more canine partnerships, transforming the lives of disabled people.

“This year is a particularly special one for us at Canine Partners as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, so come along and walk your support for the charity.”

The fundraising event is part of the charity’s national Big Bluebell Walk Campaign, which has raised more than £150,000 in the past 11 years.

All funds raised from the refreshments sold will help the charity to train more assistance dogs and transform the lives of people with disabilities, including wounded servicemen and women in conjunction with Help for Heroes.

Entrance is £5 per adult, £4.50 senior citizens, £2 per child or £12 for a family ticket (two adults and up to four children).

To register or find out more information please visit caninepartners.org.uk/bigbluebellwalks, call 01730 716013 or email hollyb@caninepartners.org.uk.