some very exciting news!!!

I’ve been longing to tell you something!

I’ve been training really hard and preparing myself for the big event! So, I can at last reveal that…
I’m going to do another long distance walk!!!
It’s almost 20 years ago since I got my first guide dog, Vale.
Getting her was like finding the key to a door which had always been locked.
We had many adventures together.
She was quite renowned in the North Wales town where I lived.
I remember one day, a friend was walking behind me in a well-known food shop when he asked:
“Is Vale supposed to be carrying a pork pie round in her mouth?”
Ten years ago, Vale retired and I got Chelsea, a little black Labrador.
Chelsea was like a little black whirlwind, and I had to ask everyone to remove all plant pots/best china whenever Chelsea went to their house.

In 2007, I decided to do a long distance walk, from Port Vale football club to Chelsea football club.
190 miles and £11,500 later I’d raised enough to name two guide dogs.
In 2012, my Father, who I was very close to passed away after a short illness.
During the difficult times which followed, Chelsea was the silent friend who listened, but didn’t pretend to understand what I was going through.
I started training with my current guide dog, James last June.
He’s a delightful yellow Labrador. He hates walking through puddles when we’re working together, but happily paddles through them when he’s running free.
So, I’ve decided to do another walk.
I’m walking from Chelsea road, Bath to James street Cardiff.
It will be just as difficult as the last walk, although a little shorter. But this time, I have the added challenge of walking across the old Severn bridge!
I’m hoping to raise enough money to name a puppy John or Johnny, after my father.
I’m starting on the 4th Sep, Dad’s birthday.
What better way could I honour Dad’s memory, than by giving another person the freedom, independence and confidence my dogs have given me.
You can follow my progress and keep up-to-date with our adventures at:
http://www.twitter.com/nickiandchelly
and:
http://www.adogcalledchelsea.wordpress.com

A huge thank you from Nicki, James and Chelsea

Please donate as much or as little as you can, and spread the word about the Chelsea2James walk!
visit my justgiving page at:
http://www.justgiving.com/ChelseaTwoJames
I’m also looking for companies, shops and anyone in the Bath or Cardiff area to help in any way they can!

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