Canine Partners Big Bluebell Walk

A young Canine Partner prepares for the big event
A young Canine Partner prepares for the big event

IT’S time to sign up once again for Heyshott-based charity Canine’s Partners’ big spring fundraiser.

The Big Bluebell Walk this year takes place on Saturday, April 25 and starts from the charity’s Southern Centre headquarters in Heyshott.

Canine Partners provides specially-trained assistance dogs to help people with disabilities.

They can help with tasks including opening and closing doors, undressing, pressing buttons, retrieving items, unloading washing machines, taking card and cash from ATMs and other everyday tasks disabled people find difficult, painful or impossible to do for themselves.

The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging.

Chief executive Andy Cook said: “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 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 own dog along too.

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

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

Former Royal Marine Jon Flint, who lives near Midhurst, has a spinal injury and is aided by Canine Partner Varick.

“I now have the confidence to go out on my own again,” he said.

“He also helps me with small tasks that most people – including me before my disabilities – would take 
for granted, like picking up keys if I drop them or even just picking up a pair of shoes.”

To register for the walk or to find out more information readers can visit caninepartners.org.uk/bigbluebellwalks, call 01730 716013 or email hollyb@caninepartners.org.uk.