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Guide dog and owner’s mega walk from Bath to Reading for Guide Dogs

This July Tracey Clarke and her black Labrador guide dog, Oakley, will walk from Bath to Reading to raise funds for Guide Dogs.

Tracey and Oakley, who now live on a canal boat, will set off on their 3-week journey of approximately 75 miles along the towpaths of the Kennet and Avon Canals on 04 July. Together they will navigate 98 locks in total. From Bath they will pass through Claverton, Bradford-on-Avon, Devizes, Pewsey, Hungerford and Newbury, before arriving into Reading on Saturday 25 July. Sponsor Tracey by visiting: Text OAKS85 10 to 70700.

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To help with Tracey’s fundraising efforts to name a guide dog puppy there will be several events, which Tracey and Oakley will be attending. Amongst others, there will be a launch event on 04 July in Green Park, Bath, a Locks event at Caen Hill, Devizes on 10July, a BBQ at The Waterfront Pub in Pewsey on 12 July, a pub quiz in Hungerford on 16 July and a finale event on Broad Street in Reading on 25July; where Guide Dogs will be holding its annual Meet and Greet Engagement Day for Berkshire and Surrey. Find a full list and more details at:

Track their progress online at: Click ‘Boat Locations’ and look for Sola Gratia. 

Tracey says: “I am doing this walk to raise as much money as possible for guide dogs. Oakley has really given me my independence back. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be now. Thank you so much to everyone so far for their support; be it donating money or, agreeing to allow me to fundraise at an event.”

“Oakley is not only my guide, but also my soulmate, my comedian, my shadow, my fitness coach (we worked up to walking around 6-8 miles a day), and my lifeline and, on several occasions, my lifesaver.”

To sponsor Tracey visit:

To find out more about the life-changing work of Guide Dogs, visit:

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MP takes a blindfold walk and bus journey with Guide Dogs

To raise awareness of our Mark Lancaster MP being guided by Susie LuffTalking Buses and Streets Ahead campaigns, Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster met with Community Engagement Officer, Joel Young, Mobility Instructor, Susie Luff and local guide dog owner, Eddie Rimmer and his guide dog Yara to experience the challenges of sight loss when getting around.  After walking to the bus stop and taking a bus to the train station wearing a blindfold Mark was given an opportunity to use a cane. He said he found the experience very interesting and supports the campaigns.

Marlow Thames Rotary Club names a guide dog puppy

Guide dog puppy Marlow visited members of the club which raised money for his training in the town that shares his name.  The Rotary Club of Marlow Thames helped raise £6000 towards his year-long training at their Santa Fun Run by Rotarians from both Marlow Rotary clubs.   Members were given the chance to name a puppy and had no hesitation in calling him Marlow.  Marlow Thames member Jo Braybrooke said: “He certainly was very well behaved at our meeting and we look forward to following his progress during the next year or so.  “He will certainly change someone’s life for the better and we are very happy to have been able to help in this small way."

Find out how you can name a puppy or email:

Guildford puppy class – a great success

Eleven, yes, eleven puppies attended the latest set of puppy classes for younger pups in Guildford.
A vocal little group, they all did very well, learning lots, listening to their Puppy Walkers and posing beautifully for this photo, with ten of the eleven looking at the camera! Watch out for them all on the streets around Guildford and surrounding areas.