Dogs and owners unite for fundraising walk from Newhaven to Seaford

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A charity walk from Newhaven to Seaford will take place on September 21 in aid of Guide Dogs.

It is being organised by the Peacehaven branch of the charity and will begin at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

Annette Hawkings with Chuck and Mick Etheridge with Oscar organising dog walk for guide dogs.

Annette Hawkings with Chuck and Mick Etheridge with Oscar organising dog walk for guide dogs.

The walk will be opened by Newhaven mayor Judith Ost.

Registering costs £5 per person while children under 12 can take part free.

The check in and start point will be The Drove Public House in Newhaven and it will end at The Salts Recreation Ground Cafe in Richmond Road, Seaford.

Organiser Mick Etheridge said: “Having a dog to assist you makes it so much less stressful and gives me more independence.

“People are more aware of my sight loss because they see the dog before they see the cane.

“My dog retires in just over a year and I will be getting another so I will be relying on fundraising from activities such as this walk to enable me to have my new one.

“It costs over £55,000 to keep a guide dog from birth to death , Guide dogs is an independent charity who receive no funding from the government.”

There are two walk options which people can choose on the day:

Option 1: From The Drove Pub walk for 1½ miles and turn and return to The Drove.

Option 2: From The Drove Pub to the Salts Recreation Ground Café and return by bus or train.

Each dog will receive a cape and a goody bag which includes a Dogs Unite Dog Tag.

For further details contact Peacehaven Branch organiser, Mick Etheridge on peacehavencoastalguidedogs@gmail.com or on 07766 514161.

Visit www.facebook.com/peacehavencoastalguidedogs to find out more.

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