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More than 230 dog owners take part in Hanbury Hall walk

Droitwich Editorial 16th Apr, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

MORE THAN 230 dog owners and their pets took part in the Great British Dog Walk at Hanbury Hall.

There were plenty of wagging tails at the charity event to raise funds for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Hearing dogs , dressed in their trademark burgundy jackets, are trained to alert deaf people to important sounds, such as smoke alarms and doorbells.

The walk was officially started by Countryfile presenter Adam Henson who brought his family and his dog, a Hungarian Visla, Boo along for the fun.

There was also a number of hearing dogs participating in the walk with their owners.

One of those was William Stavert who was there with his dog Archie.

He said: “As a hearing dog recipient, for me it’s really important that we raise funds for the charity through events like this.

“I have had Archie for two years and the support he has given me in that time has been life changing.

“I can’t hear any high frequency sounds and I need him to alert me to all sorts of things like the oven and the alarm clock.

“He also provides excellent company.”

He added he really enjoyed the walk which, he added, was a great opportunity to meet new people.

Walkers could opt to do either a 6km or 2.5km route which took them on a scenic journey through the grounds of Hanbury Hall.

Adam said: “I have really enjoyed today’s walk in the lovely grounds of Hanbury Hall.

“It’s been great to see so many sociable and well behaved dogs.

“It was also great to get the opportunity to watch the hearing dogs demonstration, I find what the dogs are able to do amazing.

“Whilst I have been here I have been able to speak to some deaf people who have hearing dogs and learning about their experiences, it’s clear that having a hearing dog is life changing.”

The Great British Dog Walk will now continue across the UK over the next three months.

Visit greatbritishdogwalk.org for more information.

More than 230 people took part with their dogs.

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