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Take the lead in a sponsored dog walk to raise vital funds for disabled and terminally ill children in Staffordshire.

Cannock-based national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is organising Walkies In The Woods over Cannock Chase on Sunday 22 March. Starting at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre in Marquis Drive, Hednesford, at 10am, there are three and six kilometre routes to choose from.

All sponsorship money will be used to provide vital disability equipment for children in Staffordshire. Newlife Events Manager Philippa Gregory said: “This is the second year we have held this event and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as new ones.”

Philippa added: “Not only will the sponsored walk help improve the health of the participants and their canine companions, the fundraising aspect can mean a life-changing opportunity for a local child.”

So put your best foot forward and sign up now. Call 0800 988 4640 (free from UK landlines), email or go to to register.

You could help a Staffordshire child like four-year-old Daniel Fernyhough, who is able to travel in safety now he has a specialist car seat.

Daniel, from Lichfield, has Downs Syndrome, a heart condition and asthma and is undergoing screening for ADHD. Before getting the specialist equipment which keeps him safe and secure, the family had to fashion their own handmade harness because he would undo the normal seatbelt and clamber around the car. Mum Louise Fernyhough said: “Having Daniel in a normal car seat isn’t just a safety risk to Daniel, it affects everyone else in the vehicle. If he got out, because he has no awareness of danger, he would try to open the car doors and windows.