DOG lovers across the London region are being encouraged to grab their leads and put on their walking boots to join hundreds of other people across the country to walk for charity.
The Great British Dog Walk, sponsored by Specsavers Audiologists, is back for its sixth year and will take place across the country during March, April and May. The event is run by national assistance dog charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and hopes to raise as much money as possible to train dogs to alert deaf people to important life-saving sounds such as smoke alarms, intruder alarms, alarm clocks and cooker timers.
There will be two walking options on the day, either an 8k or 3k route, making it ideal for dog owners, families, walking groups and those who just want to meet lots of dogs and get some exercise for a good cause. There will also be a variety of fun activities such as dog agility, dog shows and fun doggy games – depending on where you go for your walk.
This year funds which will be raised through sponsorship and the entrance fee will go towards training a new hearing dog puppy called Oscar. The cocker spaniel has just started his training journey which will take two years to complete and will cost around £40,000, including support throughout his life. As the charity receives no central Government funding, every walker will be helping to transform the life of a deaf person.
Ellie Mirjani, Specsavers’ Hammersmith audiologist says: ‘The Great British Dog Walk is an excellent way for people to have fun, get some exercise, meet like-minded people and perhaps most importantly, meet lots of cute dogs while supporting a good cause.
‘If every person who takes part in the Great British Dog Walk raised just £10 by getting themselves or their dog sponsored, the charity could train another dog to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds that they would otherwise miss and help them to leave loneliness behind.
‘We’re so proud of our involvement in the Great British Dog Walk and the fact that it helps to transform the lives of deaf people. We hope lots of people in the area will come along and show their support.’
Gill Yeates, Hearing Dogs national community fundraising manager, adds: ‘Every walker will directly help us to train more dogs to change the lives of deaf people, so we greatly appreciate the support. We also want to thank Specsavers Audiologists, for their support and for recognising the important roles our dogs play in people’s lives.
‘For anyone wishing to support Hearing Dogs in other ways, we are currently seeking volunteers to help us train more adorable puppies, on a full-time and short-term basis so we’d encourage anyone who thinks they might have the time and commitment to look after a puppy to have a look at our website to find out more.’
There is a free limited-edition Great British Dog Walk dog bandana for each adult ticket purchased for the walk and working hearing dogs will be available to meet on the day. Tickets to each event are £10 in advance or £12 on the day and children (under 16) go free.
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To access the Kings Mall car park, travel along King Street, go past Primark and turn 2nd right onto Cambridge Grove, follow to the top of the road and turn right onto Glenthorne Road. The Car Park is situated on the right after Leamore Street.
Address for SAT-NAV: Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, W6 0LJ
Lost tickets will be charged at the full day rate.
Kings Mall is located in one of London’s busiest transport hubs. Hammersmith tube station is less than a 5 minute walk from the centre offering access to the Circle, District, Piccadilly, and Hammersmith & City line.
There is also a selection of bus stops located in close to the centre offering a wide range of routes and services.