Charity walk on Sandringham Estate to raise money and support for guide dogs

There will be a charity dog walk for guide dogs at Sandringham next weekends pictured are (L) Gill S

There will be a charity dog walk for guide dogs at Sandringham next weekends pictured are (L) Gill Southgate with Yazmin and Genene Henshaw with Susan. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A charity walk for to raise awareness and money to support guide dogs is set to be held on the Sandringham Estate.

The annual event, organised by the King's Lynn branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, will this year feature a quiz on different dog breeds.

Gill Southgate, chairman of the branch, said: 'Until you lose your sight I don't think you appreciate just how much a guide dog means. It would be much harder for me to get to work without one.

'The dogs give me my independence. They give me so much I just want to help the association as much as I can.'

Mrs Southgate, who has been a guide dog owner for 34 years and is on her fifth dog, added the animals cost around £50,000 each to train and look after throughout their lives.


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She said the walk - which follows either a one or two mile route - was also an opportunity to tell people about how those who rely on guide dogs have to work in 'partnership' with them.

According to the chairman, this year Ashwell-based Rutland Willows will be creating a garden for the charity at the Sandringham Flower Show.

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Participants can meet at the Guide Dog gazebo close to the visitor centre from 11am on May 22. Donations to the association will be welcomed.

Do you have a story about raising money? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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