Wing walking at 84: Belinda’s fundraising story

Posted 1 month ago in the A big thank you, Challenges, Community Fundraising, Volunteers and fundraisers categories

84-year-old Belinda lives in Bedfordshire and is doing a wing walk to raise funds for Canine Partners. This is her story:

84-year-old Belinda lives in Bedfordshire and is doing a wing walk to raise funds for Canine Partners. This is her story:

My husband David passed away last year after a long struggle with multiple disabling illnesses. His life was made easier and more fulfilling thanks to his canine partner, Crunchie – a wonderful Labradoodle with a big personality, who was specifically trained to assist with everyday activities.

David and Crunchie were inseparable, but sadly, Crunchie became ill in 2022 and had to be put to sleep. Losing his loyal helper and friend was a devastating blow for David, and a light went out in all our lives.

After David’s passing, I knew I wanted to do something to honour his memory and support the charity that had brought so much joy and independence to our lives.

I’ve seen firsthand how these amazing dogs can transform lives. That’s why, on 3 May*, which would have been David’s birthday, I’m going to do a Wing Walk at Old Warden near Bedford to raise money for Canine Partners.

I know it sounds like a crazy idea, especially at the age of 84, but I’m determined to take on this challenge to support a cause that means so much to me.

Ten years ago, I did a Sky Dive to raise money for Canine Partners, and I’m hoping that this new challenge will be just as successful in raising funds and awareness for this wonderful organisation.

I’ve set myself a target of £5,000 – whether you can donate a little or a lot, every penny counts.

Your generosity will help Canine Partners continue their vital work and provide more assistance dogs to people like David, who need them most. I’m grateful for your support and for helping me honour David’s memory in such a meaningful way.

*Belinda’s wing walk has been postponed to 2 August due to bad weather conditions.

To sponsor Belinda, please visit: www.justgiving.com/page/belinda-day-1707325792822

 

 

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