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2020-03-15 00:00:002020-03-15 00:00:00Europe/LondonGreat British Dog Walk - Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - Bodiam Castle The Great British Dog Walk, a popular charity dog walk run by national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, is back for a sixth year and is coming to Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge on Sunday 15th March. This is the first time the walk has been held at Bodiam Castle which makes it even more exciting. The venue itself is beyond stunning, and walkers will have the opportunity to walk within the castle’s beautiful surroundings, as well as being on the look out for kingfishers, the resident ba...Bodiam Castle , Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UARachel Annetts
The Great British Dog Walk, a popular charity dog walk run by national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, is back for a sixth year and is coming to Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge on Sunday 15th March. This is the first time the walk has been held at Bodiam Castle which makes it even more exciting. The venue itself is beyond stunning, and walkers will have the opportunity to walk within the castle’s beautiful surroundings, as well as being on the look out for kingfishers, the resident barn owls and the famous steam train.
Hundreds of walkers of all ages, and dogs of all shapes and sizes, will be taking part to have fun, meet like-minded people and support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds and help deaf people to leave loneliness behind. The walk is sponsored by Specsavers Audiologists, helping Hearing Dogs to raise more funds to transform the lives of deaf people.
On the day there are two walk options – either 3km or 5km routes, making it ideal for dog owners, families, single walkers, organised walking groups and those who simply want to meet lots of dogs and get a bit of exercise for a good cause. There will also be fun additional activities at the walk, including a fun dog show and dog agility, as well as tasty food and drink to purchase.
Walkers can get themselves or their dogs sponsored by friends, family and colleagues to raise money to fund hearing dog puppy Oscar’s training journey. Oscar is a cocker spaniel puppy who has just started his training to become a life-changing hearing dog. Over the next two years he will be trained to alert deaf people to important sounds, such as the smoke alarm, intruder alarm, alarm clock and cooker timer.
It costs around £40,000 to fully train and support a hearing dog for the duration of its life and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives no government funding so every walker will be helping to transform the lives of deaf people.
Maureen Clark from Eastbourne is one of the people from East Sussex who is currently benefiting from a hearing dog.
Maureen said:'I lost my hearing in big stages over about 20 years, each time making me more worried. I had read about cochlear implants and decided that would be the answer. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations and I became very anxious. My doctor prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping pills. The light at the end of the tunnel came after applying and being accepted for a Hearing Dog. Then quite quickly being matched with Lucky. He has bought laughter into our life with his antics! On a serious note he alerts me to what is happening in our home. He works to a timer and alerts me to alarms and the doorbell. etc. He gives me the confidence to go out. People give us space but also speak to me and make a fuss of him which he loves. He is my companion and friend and doesn't laugh or get cross when I don't understand.'
Everyone who walks the Great British Dog Walk will be helping Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to train more hearing dogs that will change people’s lives just like Lucky has changed mine.”
Carina Hummel, Director of Audiology Operationsat Specsavers, which supports the Great British Dog Walk,said: “The Great British Dog Walk is an excellent way for people to have fun, get some exercise, meet like-minded people and perhaps most importantly, meet lots of cute dogs while supporting a good cause.
“If every person who walked the Great British Dog Walk raised just £10 by getting themselves or their dog sponsored the charity could fully train another dog to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds that they would otherwise miss and help them to leave loneliness behind.
“We’re so proud of our involvement in the Great British Dog Walk and the fact that it helps to transform the lives of deaf people. We’re very much looking forward to the walk at Bodiam Castle and hope lots of people in the area will come along and show their support.”
There is a free limited-edition Great British Dog Walk dog bandana for each adult ticket purchased for the walk and working hearing dogs will be available to meet on the day.
Tickets to each event are £10 in advance or £12 on the day. While sponsorship is encouraged to help Hearing Dogs train more life-changing dogs, it is not a requirement.
To sign-up to the Great British Dog Walk at Bodiam Castle or for more information visit