A local man is set to take on a 500 mile bike ride in the Republic of Ireland to raise money for Midhurst based assistance dog charity Canine Partners. Bob Hughes, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, is preparing to take on the incredible cycling challenge from Mizen Head, County Cork, to Malin Head, County Donegal, in May 2019. “My wife and I have a dear friend who has applied for one of your assistance dogs and we just found out that she has been matched with one of their dogs,” says Bob, a retired 71-year-old. “In 2017 I completed the Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride as a way to challenge myself, however it seemed silly not to raise money for charity so this time I have chosen a charity close to my heart – Canine Partners.” Canine Partners is a national charity that trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.
The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency.
“I have no particular time I want to do the bike ride in and no personal best in mind, but I hope to raise at least £500,” says Bob. “I wanted to take this on firstly to push myself before I get too old, but raising money for charity also makes it worthwhile.” To sponsor Bob’s bike ride, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BobHughesCycleRide
To take on a challenge yourself to raise vital funds for Canine Partners, please visit caninepartners.org.uk/take-part-in-a-challenge/