Puppy walker Tracey Williams from North Swindon is getting ready for a tough trek to raise money for Guide Dogs.
Together with husband Ashley, John Brant and Warren Farquhar, the team on 8 September will be hiking 10k up and down the Old Man of Coniston, followed by a 12k bike ride through Grizedale Forest, ending with a kayak crossing of Coniston Water – all within 10 hours.
Tracey, who is working with her second puppy, said: “Until recently my main exercise was walking Isca for an hour a day, but I have started to take training seriously.”
She explained that she became a puppy walker after loosing her sight temporarily a few years ago.”It’s a lovely way to volunteer. You have to follow strict guidelines to ensure the puppy is learning about the world around them all the time. We attend a puppy class every week and meet a supervisor to test the dog so he or she meets a certain standard before moving to full guide dog training.
“It’s special when you speak to the owner of a working dog you’ve walked; to hear them say how much they love and rely on their guide dog is very rewarding.”
It costs £33,000 to train a guide dog – £5,000 in the first year – all of which has to be met by fundraising. Help Tracey and her team via justgiving.com/tracys-puppies
Tracey pictured with Isca and from left, John Brant, Ashley Williams and Warren Farquhar
Could you do a blindfold abseil?
Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind is holding an abseil at the County Ground on Sunday 7 October. Participants who must be over 14 have the option to try it blindfolded or in fancy dress. The booking fee is £20 and a minimum sponsorship of £80 is required. For more details contact Rachael Lee on 01793 828126 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org