Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) recently launched its Christmas appeal ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ to get the nation walking in aid of wounded ex-servicemen and women. This time of year can bring financial pressure and loneliness and more ex-service personnel require support.

Didi Briggs’ dog Truffle will be raising money for ex-service men and women this winter

As regular walkers, WWTW hopes the dog owning community will sign up to take part along with their dogs. One owner, however, has thought up an ingenious new way to help raise funds.

Didi Briggs from Norwich, Norfolk, was asked by a friend to participate in the event but due to Didi’s husband’s emphysema, taking part themselves would be difficult, so they enlisted the help of their Springer Spaniel called Truffle.

As a working dog, Truffle is well equipped to do lots of walking, regularly visiting local country estates as part of her role. Between Friday 8th to Sunday 17th December, Didi will take Truffle to three different rural locations to rack up as many steps as possible – all of which will be tracked via a pedometer attached to her collar.

The pedometer will measure her steps and distance in miles and kilometers, and even her calories! To make Truffle’s fundraising effort even more fun, as well as an online donations page, sponsors can take part in a sweepstake for £3 and try to guess Truffle’s distance over the three days for a chance to win £30. Their fundraising page has already surpassed their target of £300.

Says Didi, “It’s going really well. No one can resist a dog in a Christmas hat.”

However, it’s all just a bit of fun for Truffle, who gave birth to a litter earlier this year and deserves a bit of a break from the two puppies who live at home. Once an over-excited pup herself, she now gets to fundraise doing what she does best.

“When I first had her she was a family dog”, explains Didi. “We took her to training but soon realised we had no control, so we took her off to gundog school. That’s when everything turned around.”

If you wish to donate towards Truffle’s effort or participate in the sweepstake (contact number required), go here.

You can find out how to join the walk here.


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