Pam Goes Walkies for a Guide Dog for the Blind

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When Pam Allen sets her mind to do something there’s really no stopping her!  At 81 years young and with failing eyesight, many of us might be taking life a little easier, but always thinking of others Pam is embarking on a 20km sponsored walking challenge in Great Dunmow, to take place over various days during the next few weeks.

This is a fund-raiser which is incredibly close to Pam’s heart, a guide dog for the blind can cost up to £22,000, for purchase and early training, advanced training and supporting the dog and the owner in their home can easily double this cost.  Pam has problems with her own sight failing and has to have regular medical procedures to help with this.

Pam still helps out at  Daniel Robinson & Sons, Managing Director, Gary Neill, says ‘this challenge is in true Pam style, she has always been full of energy and enthusiasm.  Pam came to work with us in 1989 and entered our profession, which was in those days very male dominated, at the age of 50.  She took it all in her stride and did a fantastic job managing our Great Dunmow funeral home for many years and helped a great number of local people during that time, including those in the Braintree area.  We are extremely proud of her determination and need to contribute to the community. 

We will be supporting Pam literally every step of the way, she will be aiming to complete 2k each day through the town and each day she walks one or more of our team will be walking with her, we hope that other local people will go along and join her'.

If you would like to sponsor Pam you can do so by sending a cheque made payable to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association c/o Daniel Robinson & Sons, Haslers Lane, Great Dunmow CM6 1XS, (marked Pam’s Challenge on the back), or here via credit or debit card.

Each day Pam will walk from the Daniel Robinson & Sons office in Haslers Lane, Great Dunmow, then through the town, turning right down Lime Tree Hill and finishing her walk at St Mary’s Church.

2 p.m. Thursday 22nd April, 2 p.m. Friday 23rd April, 2 p.m. Tuesday 27th April, 10.30 a.m. Thursday 29th April, 2 p.m. Friday 30th April, 11 a.m. Tuesday 4th May, 2 p.m. Thursday 6th May, 2 p.m. Friday, 7th May, 2 p.m. Tuesday 11th May, 2 p.m. Thursday 13th May, 2 p.m. Friday 14th May.

Updates can be found here and on our Facebook page



Total collected to date: £1,542.38

Messages of support

We think you are amazing! Keep going :D Lots of love, Phili & Matt xxxx

Mrs Phili Webb

Well done Pam, such a lovely way to raise funds to Guide Dogs. From your neighbours Felicity & Jon.

Mrs Felicity Tredwell

Well done Pam you are an inspiration to us all.xx

Mrs Julie Dunne

Well done Pam - proud of your efforts - it was such a pleasure to walk with you last week. Liz xxx

Ms Liz Chapman

Such a wonderful thing you are doing.

Mrs Liz Hall

Hi Pam, Best wishes and good luck with your Challenge. Lot's of Love, Roger & Ros. X

Mr Roger & Ros Ashfield

Well done Pam!

Mr Derek Oakley

Well done

Mrs Janet Smith

A great idea, great cause and great lady. Well done Pam. With our best wishes Phil & Viv Warner

Mr Phil Warner

Such a lovely thing to do Pam, although you will probably be thinking that it isn't much at all. I hope the sun shines for you - much love, Hayley xx

Mrs Hayley Doe

Dear Great Nanny Pam, We all think you are amazing doing this walk and raising so much money for the guide dogs. We wish we didn't have to be at school so we could walk with you. Lots of love Daisy, Bobby, Taylor and Charlie

Mrs Katie Dunne

All the best Pam, what a star

Mrs Jane Prangnell

Go go Pam..... love Lizzy, Rob, Jessica and Hannah xxx

Mrs Elizabeth Kinch

Message from Liliana, ‘hello’.

Miss Liliana Fulton

Very best wishes Pam, from everyone at Bernard Chapman florists.

Mr Geoff Chapman

Good luck Pam! Great cause X

Ms Rachel Nall

Keeping going Auntie Pam, you are doing an amazing job. Penny x

Miss Penny Ward

Walk safe Aunty Pam, lots of love Craig x x

Mr craig knott

Well Done Pam.

Mr Alan Akers

Good Luck Pam - what a fantastic cause. All the best, Grahame & Salena

Mr Grahame Smith

Auntie Pam we are all so proud of you down here in Wales , my father and uncle John would be cheering you on every step of the way as we all are x

Mr Paul Gardner-allen

Good luck Pam from all of us at Breeze Office Solutions Ltd.

Breeze Office Solutions Ltd

Pam, You have always been an inspiration to me. Truly amazing lady !!! Love Jo Dellow XX

Mrs Joanne Dellow

Good Luck Pam!! What a fab idea, all the best! Lots of love the Setterfields xxx

Miss Elizabeth Setterfield

Walkies!!! Good luck and well done

Mr Nigel Catchpole

Well done pam you were always a great ambassador and friend . You are amazing Felicity

Mr & Mrs Felicity Stanford

Good luck Pam with your walk and I hope to see you en route! Xx

Mrs Louise Grifiths

Pam, you are an absolute star and put the rest of us to shame! Lots of love xxxx

Mrs Caroline Gunn

Our Wonderful Pam, always thinking of others before yourself, this is the spirit and commitment you showed when you were our first lady funeral director/manager and why you were so successful and loved by the many families you looked after. You will not be walking alone, myself and the team will be with you every day, we might even be able to raise enough to get the dog a collar!  Good luck and best wishes. Gary & Lynne Neill xx

Mr Gary Neill

So proud of my adopted Mum. Who would have thought 20+ years ago when you signed those adoption papers that we would be doing this together at your grand age. We are so proud of you and know you will do it no problem. Sending love from your favourite adopted Son. Phil B. (and yes I was adopted before Gary Neill!!!)

Mr Phil Barrow

Good luck with your fund raising

Mrs Sandra Hart

Wishing you all the luck in the world for your walks, Pam - I hope the sun shines for you each day. I'm very happy to donate to this cause - and ultimately to the super doggos who, once trained, go on to enhance the lives of lots of people. Paul x

Mr Paul Donne

Good luck with your fundraising - what a great cause!

Mr Steve Stacey

Good luck Pam, our very own version of Captain Tom! We send your our best wishes..... Mark and Silvia

Mr Mark Robinson

You’re an inspiration to your family, and what a great way to raise money 😊! Hope the weather is kind, and look forward to walking some of it with you! Lots of love Paul and Tina xxxx

Mr Paul Davey

Go Pam Great cause All the best Rob

Mr Bob Robinson

Pam, what a great idea. You get some fresh air, exercise, meet a few people (social distancing, of course) and raise money for a good cause. You are amazing and inspirational. Good luck and I hope to join you along the way. Nigel Xx

Mr Nigel Appleby

Pam you are always an inspiration, I hope to be able to come and walk with you soon, Sally x

Mrs Sally Payne

We are so proud of you, nan!

Mrs Emily Richardson

You’re a star, Pam xxx

Mrs Carole Hinstridge

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