A sponsored walk with a difference

A HARROGATE guide dog owner is appealing to other dog owners in the area to join him in a sponsored walk with a twist.

Andrew Patterson, from the town’s Regent Avenue, has organised a Go Walkies for Guide Dogs sponsored dog walk on Sunday, August 21, from the Mitre Inn in Knaresborough to the Swan on the Stray in Harrogate. Go Walkies for Guide Dogs was launched this April and the dogs are sponsored to take part rather than their owners.

Mr Patterson, 40, an organiser for the Harrogate and District Voluntary Fundraising branch of Guide Dogs, said: “I chose to support Guide Dogs by organising this event because I think the life-changing independence their work gives to thousands of blind and partially-sighted people is amazing.”

If you can’t make the event you can arrange your own or sponsor Oatie, the official Go Walkies for Guide Dogs mascot.

Oatie used to be a guide dog until he went blind in one eye – but he is back helping the charity now and even has his own sponsorship site www.virginmoneygiving.com/gowalkies and website www.gowalkies.org.uk.

l For more information call 0845 600 6787.