Make every step count this May for charity Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs share their May fundraiser with us. It's not too late to join in, please keep reading and sharing to help the community.

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Who are Guide Dogs? 

A UK-wide charity, Guide Dogs helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose and to step out into the world with confidence. There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss today, a number which is predicted to double to four million by 2050.

A guide dog running with two people walking behind.

What is the Walk Your Socks Off Fundraiser?

Guide Dogs is calling on Cornwall residents to join a community of virtual steppers to help raise vital funds for the charity’s life-changing services. 

The Walk Your Socks Off challenge asks people to set their own step target in a chosen week in May, which you can accomplish within your own home and under current government guidelines. It's not too late to join in. 

Who is Getting Involved with the Walk Your Socks Off Fundraiser?

As a national fundraising campaign, there are people across the U.K. walking their socks to fundraise for Guide Dogs. 

Local Cornish resident, Charlotte Mysinger and her two boys - William and Alfie are doing the step challenge for the charity. 

Two young boys walk for a fundraiser.

The boys have already smashed their target and you can contribute on their justgiving page here:

I signed my two little boys up to the Walk Your Socks Off campaign for several reasons. My youngest Alfie who is 2 is shielding due to respiratory problems and this is a wonderful way to get him out and about on the farm during a time where we are not getting to go anywhere else. William is 5 and is of course off school at the moment, the Walk Your Socks Off has allowed him to have a little project aside from school work. He has been so excited fundraising and getting ready for his week of walking

All this at the same time helping raise money for our favourite charity. Both William and Alfie are huge animal lovers but Alfie in particular has a true connection with animals particularly our dogs and often seeks comfort from them. It is so amazing to see. They have loved day 1 of the Walk Your Socks Off campaign running up and down the farm track, racing the dogs and the cows and watching the steps go up and up. 10,000 and counting

Charlotte Mysinger

Why Get Involved with the Walk Your Socks Off Fundraiser?

You can take part as a household or challenge your friends and family to join a virtual stepping group, helping you all to keep fit, healthy and connected whilst so many of us are apart.  

Participants will be asked to raise at least £100 to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. In return the charity will replace your worn-out socks with an exclusive Guide Dogs pair.  

Walk Your Socks Off is the perfect virtual challenge to help you have fun with your friends and family and keep you all active. Our website has lots of top tips to help you rack up those steps safely and within current government guidance. By joining our community of virtual steppers this May, you can help make a real difference to people across the UK who are living with sight loss

Beth Marsh, part of the fundraising team at Guide Dogs

Please note: Due to current circumstances please consult government guidance around social distancing and isolation before planning your walking activities. Always consider the safety of yourself and others.

Make every step count this May for Guide Dogs! Get involved and sign up at

Participants can also join the official Walk Your Socks Off Facebook group with fundraising tips, support and ideas here

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