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Charity canal walk set to resume to raise funds for guide dogs

70 mile trek will resume with launch event at Blue Ball in Kintbury

Chris Ord


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Charity canal walk set to resume to raise funds for guide dogs

IN July partially-sighted Tracey Clarke began a 70-mile walk with her guide dog, Oakley, to raise £5,000 for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Tracey was aiming to walk from Bath to Reading along the Kennet and Avon Canal with her husband, Tim, following in the couple's canal boat.

Unfortunately the fundraiser was cut short when the they reached Kintbury after Tim's father died.

Now following a two and half month hiatus the 49-year-old is about to restart her epic trek at the Blue Ball pub in Kintbury tomorrow (Saturday) to coincide with Guide Dogs Week.

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News Tracey said: "I can't wait to get started again.

"We've far exceeded the £5,000 we set out to raise but actually walking the route itself is a personal challenge.

"We're hoping to raise a further £2,500 for the charity as way of giving something back."

The fundraising relaunch at the Blue Ball in Kintbury will run from 3pm to 6pm and will feature a quiz, live music and games while Tracey will also be giving a brief talk about her life on the waterways with Oakley.

On Sunday Tracey will also be stopping off at the Bacon Arms in Newbury at 7pm to give a talk on her fundraising and life on board the canal boat.

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