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Waggy Tails rising to raise a Guide Dog puppy

Leamington Editorial 7th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FIVE Leamington ladies are going up in the world for Guide Dogs.

The ‘Waggy Trails’ team will climb Mount Snowdon by night and ride Europe’s longest zip wire in September to raise money to name a Guide Dog puppy.

Jo Bond, Jo Dawson, Kate Lonsdale, Liz Gilbert and Sharon Robinson want to raise at least £2,500 to name a puppy after their friend, former guide dog owner and fund-raiser Edna Lindop.

Edna was both a Guide Dog owner and active fund-raiser for the local team. After her Guide Dog Velda passed away, Edna and her husband Phil continued to support the charity, including looking after dogs while in training.

Not content with just taking on Wales’s highest mountain in the dark, the team will earlier in the day be zipping along a 1,600 metre wire at speeds up to 100mph.

But before this all takes place they will be holding events to raise the money, starting with a coffee morning at the Leamington Guide Dog Training Centre on Saturday (April 11), from 10.30am to 2pm.

Jo Bond, who chairs the Leamington & Warwick fund-raising group, said: “We’re passionate about the charity, which helps people who are blind and partially sighted to lead more independent lives.

“Between us we’ve looked after more than 80 guide dogs in training and three puppies, and helped raise thousands of pounds. But we wanted to do more, which is why we’ve set ourselves this challenge.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/WaggyTrails to donate, and Twitter @WaggyTrails2015 or Facebook www.facebook.com/LeamingtonGuideDogs to find out more.

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