South Tyneside cubs prepare for sponsored walk in aid of service dog training

The group will walk 10 miles.
The group will walk 10 miles.

A group of cubs from South Shields are taking on a 10 mile walk tomorrow to raise funds to sponsor a guide dog.

The 15th South Shields Cub Group are preparing to take on a sponsored walk this weekend to raise enough funds to sponsor a life-changing guide dog.

The youngsters – aged between eight and nine years old – will take on the challenge at 10am tomorrow, which will see them walking from West Hall in Cleadon, along the coast and back to their cub centre at St Peter’s Church Hall in Moor Lane, South Shields.

Assistant leader Ann Magrs hopes their efforts will raise about £500 – enough to sponsor the training of a guide dog.

She said: “As well as the walk, there will also be a fundraiser from 1pm to 5pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, where we are based, which will feature a raffle, tombola and games. Everybody is welcome to come along and it is free to get in.

“We are hoping to raise £500 to sponsor a guide dog with Guide Dogs UK, but it would be great if we could raise a £1,500 which will also sponsor a dog, name it and track its progress.

“The event is also a celebration of the 100th birthday of cubs and as part of that we had to do something in the community.”

After deciding to raise funds for a worthy cause, the cubs lead by leader Kelly Bell and assistant Karen Badel, picked the theme of disability to research, choosing to raise funds for Guide Dogs UK. At the beginning of the walk there will be guide dogs for the children to meet.

Ann added: “All the children will be taking a cuddly toy with them on the walk and in sessions we have been making dog leads.

“We are hoping that some of the scouts will also join us.

“We are trying to show the cubs that, despite being young, they can make a big difference in the community. We are hoping the event will be a really good thing and we hope to get as many people as we can to come along to the event to support this worthy cause.”