A bluebell walk that took place on Sunday 6 May in Chepstow has raised £400 for Canine Partners, a charity that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
Fortunately this walk took place on the only dry day over the Bank Holiday and a good time was had by all in the beautiful bluebells. The walk was joined by many of the team from the Gloucester puppy training satellite, as well as Kate Dowding with her canine partner Zara.
Organiser Nicole Cross who is a volunteer puppy parent for Canine Partners comments, “I would like to thank everyone from the local community who came along and supported this event, helping us to raise such a fantastic amount of money. We were grateful for raffle donations from the Live & Let Live public house, Country Clutter and some refreshments provided by the local Spar."
Kate from Gloucestershire suffers from Systemic Still’s disease, a form of Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), as well as osteoporosis (soft bones) and scoliosis (curved spine). She has limited use of her arms and legs and since the age of seven, has been virtually confined to a wheelchair. Kate comments, “As well as being a devoted companion and great company, Zara also helps me with many everyday tasks. At home, she picks things up from the floor and gets the washing out of the machine and hands it to me. At night, she helps me undress by pulling my trousers and socks off. When we’re out, she presses buttons for lifts, crossings and automatic doors, and when we go to the shops, Zara gets items off the shelves that I can’t reach.”