Miss South Yorks supports Guide Dogs campaign

Miss South Yorkshire,Caroline Welch rightm,takes part in a blindfold walk,with Peter Holdaway and "Jenkins" left to launch a new Guiide Dogs campaign. with centre Guide dfog trainers Pete and Sue Revvit and puppy Bob.

Miss South Yorkshire,Caroline Welch rightm,takes part in a blindfold walk,with Peter Holdaway and "Jenkins" left to launch a new Guiide Dogs campaign. with centre Guide dfog trainers Pete and Sue Revvit and puppy Bob.

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FUNDRAisERS added a touch a glamour to their campaign to raise awareness of guide dogs in Sheffield.

Miss South Yorkshire, Caroline Welch, agreed to take part in Walk my Way and take to the city’s streets in a blindfold.

Pam White, Guide Dogs fundraising manager, said: “Walk My Way asks local people to step briefly into the world of a blind or partially-sighted person and raise money in the process.

“This could take the form of a Dinner in the Dark event, blindfold wine-tasting - anything which helps people understand the challenges of living with sight loss and brings in cash to help us reach more visually-impaired people.

“We know from experience that there’s nothing like taking a blindfold walk to give people a taste of what it’s like to live with a visual impairment.”

Caroline, aged 19, from Doncaster, who launched the appeal, said: “As I prepared to be blindfolded I suddenly realised how many potential obstacles there are on an average street.

“First I was introduced to Jenkins, the dog who was to guide me and Bob, a puppy in training, and I started to feel a bit better. Walking blindfold seemed a bit weird at first, but I was told to put my faith in the dog and that’s what I did. Pretty soon Jenkins had my complete trust and I felt comfortable with him.”

n To support Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk