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Time for walkies to raise cash for charity

By Kelly Wickham


Dog walkers gathered at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on Sunday to help raise funds for a dog charity.


More than 200 dogs attended the dog walk held after the Breakfast Club meeting and over £2,000 was raised.


Goodwood invited everyone to come along with friends, family and as many dogs as people could beg or borrow to walk the Goodwood Motor Circuit track in aid of their estate charity, Canine Partners.


Visitors could enjoy entertainment, visit the Motor Circuit Cafe or one of the stands for a hot chocolate and help raise money for the charity.


Louise Clack-Hearn and husband Chris took their four-year-old English Bull Terrier Rocky to the event.


She said: “Supporting a great charity like Canine Partners was the main reason this event appealed to us. The work these dogs do to help people who need them is just amazing.


“We were pleased to see a great turnout on the day and everyone we met around the track was friendly and it felt really sociable with people generously offering to take pictures of us with Rocky, which is rare to get us all in a photo together.


“Rocky loved meeting all the different doggies and the refreshment stops for them on the way round gave everyone a chance to take a breath. All in all, it was a fab event and we would definitely do it again.”


Canine Partners based in Midhurst is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs.


These dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks.


Considered as life-changing dogs, they also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.


As Canine Partners receives no government funding, they rely solely on public donations and legacies to keep creating these partnerships.


Gemma Tupper, community fundraiser, said: “We are extremely grateful to be Goodwood Estate’s charity of the year for this year and next.


“Events like the sponsored dog walk are invaluable in helping us raise funds and awareness of the locally based charity, allowing us to continue our amazing work just down the road in Midhurst and across the country.”

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