National assistance dog charity Canine Partners is launching its 10th annual Bluebell Walk campaign with a plea to UK dog owners to make 2013 its best year yet.
The Charity, which has satellite branches across the UK, has raised more than £120,000 in the past nine years from the annual series of walks at beauty spots in some of the loveliest parts of the country.
And this year organisers are hoping that more people than ever will join in the annual campaign for its tenth anniversary.
Canine Partners Events and Challenge Co-ordinator Libby Rome said: “Almost a quarter of all households in the UK have at least one dog, imagine if even a fraction of those families helped a person with disabilities to have their own assistance dog by going on one of our Bluebell Walks, it would be an amazing way to help.”
As well as a series of large organised walks throughout the UK where there may be an opportunity to se
e a demonstration of the work that the Charity does, it is hoped that dog walkers across the country will join in the fun with their own Bluebell Walk.
Libby Rome added: “We are hoping that the tenth anniversary event will be our best yet. Every year the walks get bigger and better so I hope as many people come along as possible, it really is a fabulous family day out.
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Already the 10th annual campaign looks set to be bigger than previous years. An additional walk has been added at the stunning Green Island Gardens, near Colchester in Essex, and along with walks in London, Humberside, the Midlands, West Sussex, Hampshire and Scotland organisers are hopeful of a nationwide success.
Canine Partners trains dogs to help with everyday tasks such as loading and unloading washing machines, opening doors, supermarket shopping and in some cases getting help in an emergency. Through their close ties with forces charity Help for Heroes Canine Partners has also partnered members of the Armed Forces with an assistance dog.
Lorna Marsh, from Herefordshire, was partnered with Eli in 2008, she said: “Whenever someone asks me what Eli can do for me, I always say it is easier to ask what he doesn’t do! I knew that having a canine partner would help my independence, but I truly didn’t realise quite how much. I have never been able to post a letter myself, but over time Eli has learnt to do that for me. It is the task it took him the longest to learn and something I am very proud of him for!”
To find out if there is a Bluebell Walk near you or to find out how to organise your own with friends and family please visit the website www.caninepartners.org.uk/bluebell_walks. The Bluebell Walk campaign will run through April and into early May.