“Our first Sally Badger memorial Dog Walk took place in 2017, and his year’s event is again in her memory and all of the guide dogs who transformed Sally’s life,” explains David Lodder, Chairman of the Lodders Charitable Foundation.
“Sally Badger is a name that will be familiar to the Henley in Arden community, as through her lifetime, Sally and her guide dogs – first Honey and then Captain – won the hearts of the local people.”
At aged ten, Sally suffered a malignant brain tumour that left her partially sighted for much of her life; she is remembered for her courage and generous spirit, having sadly passed away in 2017 at just 38 years old.
“The Lodders Charitable Foundation is pleased to be running this event once again this year, and half of the funds raised through the dog walk will go to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the rest to the LCF which will distribute the funds to its chosen charities Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon Food Bank, Network Four, and Cheltenham Open Door,” explains David.
Tickets for the four-mile Dog Walk cost £5 for adults and £1 for each dog, with children free of charge, and participants will leave the farm at 10am this Sunday.
Dog-owners can pre-register via Eventbrite, or simply turn up on the day at the starting point at Lodders Farm.
“The dog walk is a major event in the Lodders Charitable Foundation calendar and will be warmly welcomed back after more than a two-year absence,” David says. “It is always a really fun day out for all of the family and one of our flagship fundraisers each year.
“After being forced to cancel the 2020 Dog Walk, and postpone this year’s walk scheduled for July, we are really looking forward to getting together again with dogs and their owners this weekend.
“Hopefully, together we can raise plenty of money in memory of Sally and for every one of the fantastic charities, which will contribute to enabling them to continue the invaluable work that gives vital support to so many people, particularly during these difficult times,” he says.
Lodders created the Lodders Charitable Foundation (LCF) in 2016 with the aim of raising vital financial support and providing help to local charities where it can make a genuine difference. To date, it has raised and donated more than £60,000 to independent charities.
The 2021/2022 chosen charities are each local to Lodders’ offices:
Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) (www.orchestraoftheswan.org), an English professional chamber orchestra based in Stratford upon Avon and Resident Orchestra at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, The Courtyard Hereford and the Stratford Play House. Since 2014, 25 Swan players trained by music therapy charity Mindsong, have delivered over 600 live performance workshops to people living with dementia, their families and carers, within 40 care homes and seven dementia cafes.
Stratford Food Bank (Stratford-Upon-Avon Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis) aims to prevent or relieve poverty in and around Stratford upon Avon by providing emergency food supplies to those in need, or organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty.
Network Four (A Charity for the Vulnerable | Networkfour) is a small growing charity that since it began in 2008 has supported and engaged over 6,500 young people, adults and families in crisis; and Cheltenham Open Door (Cheltenham Open Door – Welcoming our Guests with companionship, food and support) is dedicated to providing support to the town’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and lonely people, but receives no central funding and relies entirely on donations to run.
For more information about The Lodders Charitable Foundation www.lodders.co.uk/about-us/lodders-charitable-foundation/
Pictured: Lodders Charitable Foundation Dog Walk is back this Sunday 26 September 2021.