Irish Setter Rescue Walk
3 May 2015 – Matlock, Derbyshire
Jim Parker writes:
The East Midlands Regional Social Group of the ISBC is pleased to be holding its Annual Sponsored Walk in aid of Irish Setter Rescue from 2pm on Sunday 3rd May (May Bank Holiday weekend).
Thanks to the kind hospitality of Andy and Gill Dale and Family, we are once again able to use ’Treetops’ to start and finish the walk, and host tea and refreshments afterwards.
All breeds are welcome as long as they are vaccinated, sociable and get on with other dogs. The walk itself is not recommended for dogs under 12 months.
Sponsorship Form Here
A narrative from the 2014 Walk:
Following the passing of Stephen Lennox, East Midlands Social Region of the ISBC was very fortunate in once again holding it’s annual sponsored walk from ‘Treetops’, the former Lennox home in Matlock, Derbyshire on the first Sunday in May.
After some anxious moments studying the weather forecasts over the previous week, we were again blessed with a pleasant dry day and not too hot this year; that’s not to say that a number of canine participants didn’t feel the need to cool off in the pond early on in the walk!
Despite admin issues with our mailing list ahead of the walk, 36 owners took up the challenge with a variety of dogs, not just Irish. As always, it was very rewarding to see so many rescue dogs attend.
The youngest participant was Jo Wood’s Rupert but pride of place goes to the oldest walker, Peter and Beverley Valentine’s 11½ year old rescue dog Max. Max has done the walk 7 times now. Bev told me that Max is affected by epilepsy and, but for the support of ISBC rescue, they would not be able to keep him due to the high cost of his medication and insurance.
Veteran Max narrowly lost out as most frequent participant to Ted and Gill Ashmore’s Sue (a Heinz variety) who has completed the rescue walk 8 times.
Now, the Rescue Walk is not a race but mention must be made of Alan and Angela Maitland who were first back to Treetops. Having completed 16 rescue walks, they do have inside information and probably put Rosie and Ruby on their leads before the notorious pond!
As anticipated, everyone, including some canine walkers, enjoyed a splendid tea on the lawns at Treetops. As has been the custom, there was an ISBC stand, a bring and buy stall and the compulsory raffle which raised £124. East Midlands Social Region Chair Penny Pallister announced that the Clyde Cup, in memory of former enthusiastic supporter Clyde Frith, for most sponsorship raised in the previous walk (2013) was awarded to Mr E Varley. Mr Varley wasn’t there on the day to accept his trophy but all congratulations go to him.
Now for the hardest part as participants collect their sponsorship monies for ISBC Rescue following this year’s walk. Once again the work of ISBC Rescue has been promoted through the walk and (just as importantly) many friends shared a lovely day.
It’s thanks to the generosity of Gill Dale and her family who now own Treetops that the walk went ahead this year. Gill told me they’re keen for the walk to continue in future years so this longstanding event is set up for a many years to come.
If next year your Setter is too elderly to complete the walk, you’re both more than welcome to share a splendid tea with the walkers; other breeds of dogs are also welcome.