Canine Partners countryside bluebell walk is a triumph

Record numbers taking part in the Bluebell Walk
Record numbers taking part in the Bluebell Walk

IT has been a bumper year for bluebells in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

And a bumper crowd of walkers turned out to admire them during the annual fundraising stroll through the countryside, organised by Heyshott-based charity Canine Partners.

The bluebell walk raised more than £2,000, which will go towards training more assistance dogs at the Heyshott Centre.

Canine Partners welcomed more than 150 walkers to the annual Big Bluebell Dog Walk last Saturday, which set 
off from the southern training centre.

And the 11th annual walk to raise funds for the locally-based national assistance dog charity was hailed a huge 
success by organiser Holly Bryan.

Groups and individuals enjoyed the three-mile route which snaked its way around surrounding woodland walks at the training centre.

And thanks to a glorious show of bluebells, walkers were treated to a memorable walk which was covered in flowers.

Big Bluebell Dog Walk organiser Holly added: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many people to our walk and to be able to show them what we do here.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along and who made it such a special day.

“With more than 150 people and as many dogs heading out on the walk, the tea and cake stall was extremely busy and highly popular.”

Canine Partners is a national charity that trains assistance dogs and works alongside Help For Heroes to assist injured members of the Armed Forces.

The dogs are trained to help disabled people with everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.

They also increase independence, confidence and self-esteem and bring companionship, a sense of security and increased social interaction.

Canine Partners receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations.