100 mile walk from Forfar to Nairn in memory Guide Dog instructor

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A retired Guide Dogs employee is preparing to trek 100 miles from Forfar to Nairn in memory of his colleague.

Terry Thorpe will begin his journey on August 29 to pay tribute to Guide Dogs Scotland legend Bill Logan, who sadly passed away in October last year.

Bill the puppy

Bill the puppy

The former head of mobility services for Glasgow will set off on his ‘Walk for Bill’ from Guide Dogs’ Forfar Training School to Bill’s hometown of Nairn.

Also, a guide dog puppy has been named Bill as a tribute to a “wonderful” man.

Terry said: “Known to so many, Bill was a Guide Dog mobility instructor for Guide Dogs Scotland for 42 years until he retired in 2011, working mainly in Forfar and the Highlands.

“Bill was much loved and respected by all, and in his career trained well over 200 guide dogs himself, 
as well as supporting the training of other guide dog instructors.”

He added: “We have named a guide dog puppy ‘Bill’ in tribute to a wonderful man and the money raised by this walk will help to pay towards supporting puppy ‘Bill’ and ultimately getting someone with limited vision mobile again.

“This is my way of marking the loss of a man who was universally popular and a great friend to guide dog owners, volunteers and colleagues alike, as well as the creator of many successful guide dog partnerships during his illustrious career.

“Since my retirement earlier this year, I have spent many hours tramping the highways and byways of Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, walking 60 to 70 miles a week in preparation for the walk.

“The walk itself will take six days and covers 100 miles, travelling north through Glen Doll, over the hills to Ballater, on to Grantown-on-Spey and then finishing in Nairn.”

He concluded: “With the start date looming ever closer, I would like to pass on my thanks to all the well-wishers and contributors to the event so far and encourage anyone who knew Bill, or who appreciates the huge contribution that he made to the work of Guide Dogs Scotland, to make a donation.”

You can support Terry’s ‘Walk for Bill’ via the fundraising page mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/terrythorpewalkforbill