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The Joe Geeling Annual Charity Dog Walk

In aid of the Joe Geeling Trust, New Children’s Hospital Appeal & Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Circular route starts The Brown Cow, Burrs Country Park, Bury, Lancashire at 10.00 am Sunday October 18th

Dog owners in and around Bury, Lancashire, are being asked to take the lead and raise money to support cystic fibrosis research by joining the fourth annual Joe Geeling Charity Dog Walk.

The walks have so far raised nearly £8,000 in aid of a trust set up following the tragic murder of 11-year-old Joe in 2006. The Joe Geeling Trust recognises the work of those who played such a vital role in the youngster’s tragically short life, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which researches the genetic condition from which he suffered. It also supports the New Children’s Hospital Appeal in recognition of the great care and support Booth Hall hospital gave to Joe and his family.

Hundreds of local people and pooches have previously turned up to walk in memory of Joe and organiser, well known dog trainer Gordon Salmon, is hoping that this year’s event will see the funds raised breaking through the £10,000 barrier. “These walks are a simple and fun way for people to remember Joe and raise much needed money for some exceptionally worthy causes,” says Gordon whose Nelson Street home neighbours the street where Joe grew up and his parents Tom and Gwen and younger brother James still live.

“Joe once played on Nelson Street and now James does. Life goes on but people will always remember how Joe didn’t let cystic fibrosis get the better of him and how he was so cruelly taken away. These walks help keep those memories alive and ensure that even after his tragic death Joe is bringing joy to other people’s lives.”

This year Gordon has organised a five mile circular route beginning at 10.00 am on Sunday October 18th. The walk will start and end at the Brown Cow pub in Burrs Country Park and, weather permitting, the walkers - who will include Tom, Gwenn and James Geeling - will be able to enjoy a barbecue on their return. Pets will be pampered with water throughout the walk and Gordon has even laid on a canine support vehicle in case any elderly dogs feel the strain!

The fourth annual walk is again being sponsored by Vets for Pets which is not only providing generous financial support but high vis jackets for stewards and coloured bandanas for every participating dog. The Manchester Road vet is among several local practices from where official sponsorship forms may be collected. Would-be walkers can also get forms and more details by calling Gordon on 0161 761 2057 or visit www.joegeelingtrust.co.uk