Great-gran on walk to help save sight of dog

A GREAT grandmother is adding her support to a campaign to help save the sight of an eight-month old German Shepherd dog. Liz Watkins, who walks on crutches, will attempt a sponsored walk from Bideford to Torrington to raise money to pay for a vital catar

A GREAT grandmother is adding her support to a campaign to help save the sight of an eight-month old German Shepherd dog.

Liz Watkins, who walks on crutches, will attempt a sponsored walk from Bideford to Torrington to raise money to pay for a vital cataracts operation for blind puppy George.

The Bideford pensioner, 73, is undertaking the six-mile Tarka Trail trek after reading about George's plight in the Gazette last month and deciding she wanted to do something to help.

"I'm passionate about all animals, especially dogs, and when I read about George, I wanted to do all could for him," said Liz.

"I suffer from a worn a spine so to get to Torrington will be a personal challenge for me.

"The doctor has advised me to try and exercise to keep my blood pressure down and I've been out walking in the mornings and have been getting quite used to it. At first, I had to concentrate on every step but now I've stopped thinking about that and just try to enjoy the walk.

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"So far, I've managed to walk as far as the bridge at Landcross but I was born with plenty of determination and will do my best to finish the walk for George."

Liz is to set off with husband Cecil at 6.30am on Friday, April 30. She anticipates the walk will take around three-and-a-half hours and is inviting anyone who would like to sponsor her or come along for support to get in touch on 07970 984843.

n On Saturday of next week, a special "Eyes For George" concert is being held the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! to help the Devon German Shepherd Rescue charity to meet the �3,000-�4,000 cost of the treatment.

The concert, featuring, 16-year-old Northam classical signer Tamsin Ball; MC Kenny Pearce, The Alan Lewis All Star Jazz Band, and Mike Roberts as "The Phantom", starts at 8pm. Tickets cost �5 and are available on (01237) 470006.

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