Hundreds of families and their dogs turn out for Gateshead dog walk

Photo by Rachel Wilson.

Hundreds of families and their dogs set foot on Gibside National Trust in Gateshead to raise awareness of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in the North East.

More than 370 people along with 203 dogs walked through the trust’s landscape on Sunday, March 12 to kickstart the Great British Dog Walk.

Eileen Botterill, the community fundraising manager for the Gibside Walk, said: “The Great British Dog Walk at Gibside was a massive success.

“We were thrilled with the level of support received from the local people and the perfect walking weather in such a beautiful location helped to make it a wonderful event.

“What better way to launch Hearing Dogs 2017 Great British Dog Walk!”

The event was the first of a series of walks across the UK during 2017 for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.

Kaitlyn Soden, 12, along with her hearing dog, Rowan/photo by: Rachel Wilson.

Twelve-year-old Kaitlyn Soden added: “It was an amazing day meeting all the lovely dogs and their owners.

“Rowan had a great time and really enjoyed the walk.”

Throughout this year, 4,000 adults and over 500 dogs are expected to take part in 20 Great British Dog Walks around the country to increase awareness and help raise funds to ensure more hearing dogs can be trained to bring life-transforming benefits to deaf children and adults.

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