Iggy, a former Blue Peter Guide Dog, was one of the party welcoming weary walkers who’d just completed a 16 mile sponsored walk from Leeds to Saltaire, home of Packetts, the Bradford-based insurance broker. Iggy is Guide Dog to Shipley teenager Callum Stoneman.
The sponsored walk, along the Leeds Liverpool canal, is all part of Packetts’ annual charity fund-raising efforts which this year is focusing on the charity Guide Dogs. At the start of the year the aim was to raise £5,000 to name a guide dog puppy. Following the completion of the walk, that target has already been passed, with the total now in excess of £6,300.
On completion of their 16 mile hike, the 36 intrepid walkers who included staff, clients and associates, were treated to a hog roast and other refreshments at Packett’s HQ. Representatives from Guide Dogs were also on hand to give a demonstration of the value and amazing care the dogs provide for their owners.
“We’ve had a close business relationship with Guide Dogs for 25 years, providing them with bespoke insurance arrangements to meet their changing needs,” says Marshall Sugden, Packetts’ Managing Director. ”Many visually impaired people rarely leave their homes alone. Having a Guide Dog can give them freedom and independence, enabling them to live the life they choose. That’s why we selected Guide Dogs as our charity partners for the year. The guide dog puppy we’re fund raising for will be called Sydney after Sydney Packett, the man who founded this business back in 1920.”
Also completing the walk was Tim Lowth and his wife, Liz. Tim is a Board Director for Guide Dogs and clearly enjoyed his day out in West Yorkshire. “We’ve had such a warm welcome and are delighted with the amount raised by Packetts. There are 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, but currently only around 5,000 Guide Dog owners, so there is plenty of work to do. Sydney is sure to make a real and very positive impact on his owner’s life. A massive thanks to all involved in the walk and those who organised such a well-run and enjoyable event.”