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Brave fundraisers being rescued by dogs in Watermead lake

Brave fundraisers being rescued by dogs in Watermead lake

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:02am 13th July 2019.

Brave fundraisers will be plunging into Watermead lake to be rescued by a giant dog today (13th July).

The charity event 'Take the Plunge' is all to raise money for Bucks-based charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, based in Saunderton.

It has been organised by charity fundraising group Newfound Friends, which uses the skills of the Newfoundland breed to raise money for charities that benefit children.

The group have a specially trained team of Newfoundland water rescue dogs that take part in rescue events to raise money for charity.

How does it work?

  • The event at Watermead will see participants taken out onto the lake in a boat so that they can then jump into the water, wearing a wet suit and life jacket
  • A Newfoundland dog will then swim to them to rescue them and take them back to shore.

It costs around £40,000 to fully train and support a hearing dog for the duration of its life and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives no government funding, so events like Take the Plunge help the charity to continue its life-changing work.

David Robson, a spokesman for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said:

"There are not many people who can say they have jumped into a lake to be rescued by a dog, so this is a great chance to do something fun and different while giving people an interesting story to tell their friends - and all for charity.

"We ask participants to get themselves sponsored to take part to help us train more dogs that change the lives of deaf people, and by doing so people will be directly helping us to do this.

"We welcome spectators on the day, so even if people don't feel quite brave enough to take the plunge themselves, they're more than welcome to come along to cheer on the dogs and to watch what will be a very interesting and exciting display."

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A previous participants has talked about her experience doing the fundraiser

Fiona Daniels, from Haddenham, who has taken part in a previous Take the Plunge, said:

"Jumping off a boat into a lake to be rescued by a dog is definitely not something I would have ever imagined myself doing, but it was so much fun that I did it a few more times afterwards.

"It's incredible fun and really exciting, and definitely gets the adrenaline flowing.

"To know that it is for a good cause makes it even more worthwhile - I would recommend it to anyone."

It's happening today (13th July) from 10am to 4pm.

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