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The Bluebell Walk

Canine Partners launched its 2009 Bluebell Walk campaign recently, and aims to raise funds to help provide and train dogs to become highly trained assistance dogs.

Bluebell WalkThe campaign is being supported by Purina, and was first introduced in 2005 and has now become an annual event, with many people organising walks in their area to raise the funds to carry on the good work being done.

Since its introduction the campaign has raised £66,000. “The Bluebell Walk Campaign has gone from strength to strength, last year raising £18,000!” comments Malcolm Wells from the Charity. “A Bluebell Walk can be for 5 - 100 people, covering distances from 1 mile to 10 miles and participants don’t even have to own a dog. We ask anyone interested in organising a walk in their local area to get in touch with us for more information.”

The Charity is currently looking for Walk Organisers throughout the country that want to set up an event in their area. The walks take place in April and May when the bluebells will be in bloom, and are aimed at getting supporters and their friends, work colleagues and families together, to take part in something fun and walking is good exercise for dogs and people too!

All Walk Organisers will be sent a free information pack containing details on how to make the walk a great success, as well as sponsorship forms, posters, pens and key-rings. Canine Partners are also happy to help publicise local walks to ensure the highest level of participation.

Training assistance dogs transform the lives of people with disabilities and enrich human life in practical ways, such as dressing and undressing, supermarket shopping and vital emergency response procedures. In addition they provides physiological, psychological and social benefits that help keep people healthy and happy.

Please visit or call Jean Palmer on 01730 716014 or Malcolm Wells on 01730 716011 for further information on organising a Bluebell Walk or identifying a walk near you.

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