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Hundreds of dog walkers put best paw forward at Ickworth in aid of charity

The Great British Dog Walk at Ickworth ANL-151105-151709001
The Great British Dog Walk at Ickworth ANL-151105-151709001

Hundreds of fund-raisers and their canine friends put their best feet and paws forward for a walk in aid of a vital charity.

More than 350 dogs owners took part in the Great Britissh Dog Walk event at Ickworth, in Horringer, on Sunday to raise funds for charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

They enjoyed a 3km or 8km route around the grounds of the country estate and there were stalls from local businesses, a puppy cuddle corner and activities for children.

Gill Yeates, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s national fund-raising manager, said: “It has been one of the most successful Great British Dog Walks we have organised and the Suffolk community has really supported us.

“The sun has been out and we have had so many walkers and every kind of dog you can imagine here.

“Events like the Great British Dog Walk are vital for us because not only do we raise money to breed and train more hearing dogs, but we also have the opportunity to teach more people about what we do. We’ve raised lots of money today and had great fun doing it.”

The charity also put on demonstrations throughout the day of how hearing dogs alert their owners to everyday sounds such as an alarm clock and doorbell plus danger sounds like a fire alarm.


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