"Walkies!" Sue Watkins and Jan Lake with two of their rescued Greyhound charges, contemplate their wlak along the Macmillan Way.
RESCUED GREYHOUNDS will benefit from the efforts of a rescue volunteer who plans to walk 110 miles to raise funds for Greyhound welfare.
Sue Watkins and Jan Lake are so committed to raising funds and generating awareness for their chosen charities that they are giving up their week’s holiday in June 2004 in order to complete a week long sponsored walk. Together they will tackle a section of the Macmillan Way which will cross four counties in total and notch up 110 miles!
Sue is walking for Greyhound Rescue West of England, and will be accompanied by several trusty greyhounds. She works as a volunteer for the Charity and is responsible for finding homes for several hundred abandoned and unwanted greyhounds each year and says "I felt this was an ideal opportunity to help the work of GRWE and raise awareness of the plight of greyhounds, and also to demonstrate what wonderful pets these dogs make. As some of them will be walking with me people can come and see first hand how well behaved greyhounds are. It’s amazing how many people have never met a greyhound and time and again they are surprised by how gentle and laid back they are."
Following the death of her sister last October after battling with Breast Cancer for 8 years Jan is raising money for The Lavender Trust, a Charity which works to provide support services for younger women with breast cancer.
Jan says "My sister was only 42 when she was diagnosed, and as she met more women with the disease she realised how important it was to share experiences, both good and bad. The Lavender Trust provides invaluable support to women who may be struggling to come to terms with the diagnosis of a potentially life threatening disease, and also helps them cope with the stress of treatment whilst maybe having to juggle a family, a job and all the other pressures of daily life."
Sue and Jan will set off from The Tunnel House Inn, Tarlton, Gloucestershire on Saturday 12th of June and finish at Cerne Abbas in Dorset the following weekend. The route covers an average of 12 miles daily.
There will be opportunities for local publicity and support from businesses along the route, and supporters are welcome to come and walk along with them for a spell, and of course sponsorship and donations are needed too!
* You can send your donation to support Jan and Sue to P.O. Box 2499, Grittleton, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6ZQ, making sure your cheques are payable to either The Lavender Trust or Greyhound Rescue West of England. If you prefer you can donate securely on-line using the following links: Sue and GRWE at www.justgiving.com/GRWE-WALKIES Jan and The Lavender Trust at www.justgiving.com/walk2004
For further information either call Debs (Iron Age Forge) on 01373 462475 or visit www.GRWE.co.uk
For daily route details and to join the walk on the day you can call Mark on 07779 060335