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Community News & Views | The Pedal For Paws South

CYCLISTS will pedal across the stunning South Downs to raise vital funds for charity.

 

The Pedal For Paws South will return to Canine Partners’s regional training centre in Heyshott on September 30.

 

It will see cyclists riding across the South Downs Way to raise money for the assistance dogs which the charity provides.

 

This will be the third staging of the event. Julie Graham, who took part in the first one, said: “The dogs do amazing work and really do change the lives of people they are partnered with.

 

“Don’t worry if you’ve not done any training as there is a shorter route and a longer route. So, take whichever one you fancy and just give it a go.”

 

Dozens of participants are expected to take part in the event to raise vital funds for the charity’s work in training dogs who transform the lives of disabled people to boost their confidence and independence. Last year saw more than 100 pedallers take on the routes.

 

The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks. They include picking up and fetching items, opening doors and dressing a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and can fetch help in an emergency.

 

Bognor Regis resident Kerenza Holman, pictured above, is encouraging people to take part in the ride. Routine surgery left her with post traumatic stress disorder, which has led to myalgic encephalopathy and eventually needing a wheelchair. She was matched with her canine partner, Whisky, in 2012.

 

“I’ve had Whisky for six years and he’s really changed my life. Before him, I was quite depressed. I didn’t go out a lot and I didn’t work, so spent a lot of time indoors and life was really hard,” she said. “I’ve now made new friends, met loads of new people and I feel like I have a life again.”

 

Tickets cost £15-30. Registration opens at 8am. More details at: caninepartners.org.uk/pedalforpaws

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