Sheffield charities team up for sponsored dog walk

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Caring Sheffield folk and their four-legged friends are invited to put their best feet – and paws – forward for a special charity walk.

Sheffield charities Support Dogs and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind have joined forces to organise Mucky Pups – a sponsored dog walk along the city’s Five Weirs Walk.

Mucky Pups will take place on Sunday, September 21, and offers participants a choice of two walks. Sue Coggin, fundraising manager at SRSB, said: “As two Sheffield charities where dogs play a key role in the lives of our clients we felt it would be a great idea to work together, share resources and organise a joint charity dog walk to raise vital funds for our work.

“The Five Weirs Walk is a great way for people to see an interesting part of the city and stretch two or four legs and make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The two walks will start from the Support Dogs Training Centre off Brightside Road at 10am.

One is a 10-mile circular while the other is a more gentle five-mile stroll which finishes in the city centre. The shorter walk is easy going with wheelchair access ramps.

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager from Support Dogs, said: “It will be great to get our supporters together with SRSB.

“We’re calling it Mucky Pups but we hope the weather will be kind so dogs and supporters can enjoy this green and attractive walk through Sheffield’s regenerating industrial east end.

“The area provides a wealth of historical and wildlife interest around every corner.

“The walk is £5 to take part in and you don’t have to have a dog to join in – there will be stunt toy dog available to lead round instead.

“There will be a prize for the walker who brings in the most sponsorship money – and a special goody bag for every dog taking part.”

For more information, and to book a place, visit www.srsb.org.uk or www.supportdogs.org.uk or contact 0114 272 2757 or 0114 261 7800.