Wanderers ace is led around course by guide dog
9:16am Monday 15th October 2012 in News
The Bolton captain allowed himself to be blindfolded and led around an obstacle course by a guide dog on Saturday, to help raise awareness of the Guide Dogs charity.
Speaking afterwards, Kevin admitted he was a bit scared by the experience.
“You have to put a lot of trust in the dog and you feel like you are going to walk into something.
“It makes you realise how valuable guide dogs are and I think events like this are great to raise awareness and to show the children the good work that they do.
“I think it was quite scary putting my trust in a dog,” he said.
Dozens of shoppers, cinemagoers and children took part in the assault course, set up at Middlebrook retail park in Horwich between 12pm and 4pm.
It was being held as part of national Guide Dogs Week, and followed in the footsteps of a similar event the previous weekend in Victoria Square when Bolton’s Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Guy Harkin and Colette Harkin, negotiated their way around a blindfold challenge.
Guide dogs and their handlers were at the event to raise money and awareness, and included a raffle with a Starbucks hamper, BWFC Hospitality box tickets and other prizes.
Each guide dog costs £50,000 over its lifetime and some people may need as many as nine dogs throughout their lives.
Diane Moore, community fundraiser for Greater Manchester, said: “We thought that having Kevin Davies here would help make more people aware.
“Starbucks at the Middlebrook and Bolton Wanderers have both chosen Guide Dogs as their charity this year.
“I think most people walking with a guide dog find it quite disorientating and we wanted to show people how much trust you have to put in a guide dog.”
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