Spring walks will help raise money for charity

With spring in the air, the national assistance dog charity Canine Partners is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Bluebell Walk campaign by holding two charity walks in Essex.

The first walk takes place on Sunday 28 April in the 90 acres of Langford Grove, near Maldon through glorious woodland across softly undulating terrain. The second will be at Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh, Colchester, which is set in 20 acres of stunning gardens and takes in the glorious bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons, acers and trilliums.

The fundraising events are part of the charity’s national Bluebell Walk Campaign, which has raised over £120,000 in the past nine years. All funds from these walks go towards helping the charity to train more assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, including wounded servicemen and women in conjunction with Help for Heroes

Essex community fundraiser Lindsay Hurrell said: “It’s a lovely day out to enjoy with friends, family and four-legged friends. As a charity we receive no government funding and rely on support from the public, so this is a great way to raise money for a worthwhile cause.”

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Alison Wyatt, from Colchester, Essex, was paired with her canine partner Maddy in 2010. She said: “Before Maddy, I was losing confidence about leaving the house and I also suffered dreadfully with fatigue.”

She added: “Since having Maddy, she is there to help me with the tasks that I find exhausting. She is my companion as well as my assistance dog and she carries out her job with unconditional love. I wouldn’t know what to do without her – she is my angel.”

To pre-register please contact Lindsay Hurrell on 0845 209 0750 or email

Entry is £5 per adult, £2.50 per child, and under three’s go free. The route may not be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, which will be dependent on ground conditions. Postcode for satnavs is CM9 4TA.

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