Locals flock to dog walk event

Demonstration of how dogs can help those who are hard of hearing
Demonstration of how dogs can help those who are hard of hearing

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in Ripon welcomed more than 140 walkers and their dogs of all shapes and sizes who showed their support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The event was the Great British Dog walk, a family fun event which has been sweeping across the UK, visiting 20 National Trust sites from Scotland to Devon and Wales until next month.

Locals and their four-legged friends were invited to tackle either a 5km or a 9km route, leading walkers on a picturesque journey through the countryside.

All funds raised from the walks will go towards Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity that trains dogs to alert their deaf owners to important sounds such as the alarm clock, doorbell and fire alarm.

Among the walkers was Julian Smith MP for Skipton and Ripon who went along to show his support to the charity.

He said: “It is lovely to see so many local people with their dogs supporting such a wonderful charity.

“Hearing Dogs make such a difference to the lives of deaf people, and this is a great opportunity for more people to learn about the work they do.”

Lucy Ward, Community Fundraising Manager for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, in Yorkshire said: “It has been a tremendous day and the atmosphere on the walk was great.

“This Great British Dog Walk was very special to us because it was the nearest walk to our Northern centre in Bielby.

“The amount of people here today pays tribute to the huge amount of support we have locally for which we are very grateful.

“I also hope, thanks to today, more people were able to learn about Hearing Dogs and the work we do here in Yorkshire and in the rest of the UK.

“Many thanks to everyone who joined us it’s been a great day for Hearing Dogs.”