£2,000 boost for Guide Dogs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A spon­sored dog walk raised more than £2,000 for Guide Dogs – the Ken­tish Ex­press char­ity of the year.

More than 85 de­voted dog walk­ers and their pets as­sem­bled at God­mer­sham Park on Sun­day, Au­gust 23, to raise funds for the char­ity.

Land own­ers Sun­ley Farms and oc­cu­piers the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Dis­pens­ing Opti- cians (ABDO) Col­lege opened the grounds for the event.

Walk­ers were asked to raise a min­i­mum of £35 each, which is enough to sup­port a guide dog part­ner­ship for a week.

Each dog sported a su­per­hero cape and took off on ei­ther the two-mile or four­mile course.

Stephen Fryer, Ash­ford Guide Dogs branch or­gan- iser, said: “What a re­ward­ing event. The help of the Women’s In­sti­tute, and the Ro­tary Club of Ash­ford which ran the car park, and the en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port of the landowner and ABDO, were in­valu­able.

“The dogs who took part are real he­roes. We have wit­nessed dogs help­ing dogs, in fact – dogs united!” Visit www.guidedogs.org.uk

Guide Dogs mas­cot Penny with Clare Cun­ning­ham

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