South Bristol Guide Dog puppy walker goes all out to back charity

March 01 2019
Walkies for David – dressed as a dog

SOUTH Bristol Guide Dog volunteer David Nash has a special celebration planned for his 70th birthday: he will be walked by friend Jean on a lead for 10 miles from Bristol to Bitton while wearing a dog suit!

PIctured: Jean, Poppy and David in costume

SOUTH Bristol Guide Dog volunteer David Nash has a special celebration planned for his 70th birthday: he will be walked by friend Jean on a lead for 10 miles from Bristol to Bitton while wearing a dog suit!

David has been a puppy walker for Guide Dogs since 2013. David and his wife Janice have boarded over 30 dogs for the charity and are currently walking their seventh guide dog puppy, preparing it for formal training as a companion to a blind person.

The walk takes place on March 14. More on the Voice website; if you’d like to support David, go to

justgiving.com/fundraising/dn70

David is a husband, father, grandfather, and since 2013 a guide dog puppy walker. David’s involvement with Guide Dogs started back in 2010, when he started out as a volunteer boarder and driver, and his work with the charity since then has been immense: David and his wife Janice have boarded over 30 dogs and are currently walking their 7th guide dog puppy. The South Bristol Fundraising Group they are part of have raised over £150k for Guide Dogs, and David is also a volunteer speaker, going out and giving talks to schools, youth groups, and other organisations.

David said: “Having learned the difference that guide dogs make to people with sight loss, I felt that a straightforward sponsored event did not quite hit the spot. One of the guide dogs we have met had actually saved his owner’s life! Eventually, the idea of wearing a dog came out on top. Every £5 that I raise will be equivalent to providing a guide dog partnership for one day!”