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Fundraising group covers over 9,000 miles in tribute to late dog handler

The group walked, ran and cycled the distance to pay tribute to the former dog handler who died from heart disease.

The group, made up of 90 people, began the challenge on May 3 2021 and participants clocked up the miles through walking, running and cycling. 

Russ White had joined Hampshire in 1992 and worked in Southampton as both a PC and dog handler before retiring in 2019. 

He passed away at the age of 48 from hypertensive and ischaemic heart disease. 

His brother, Gavin White, organised the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” virtual challenge with a group of 40 friends, family and colleagues and another 50 people who signed up on Strava. 

Gavin said: “I wanted to do something special for Russ and I’d recently finished a virtual Lands End to John O’Groats so I had the walking bug.

“Russ was a huge fan of Liverpool FC so I decided to plan a route walking to all of the locations where Liverpool had won the European Cup - a journey of 4,887 miles starting at Anfield and finishing in Istanbul, where Liverpool won the Champion’s League in 2005 – as well as taking in some of his favourite places.

“We wanted to raise money for his favourite charities so decided to aim for £1,678 – Russ’s police number – and chose three charities to support [LFC Foundation, Two Saints Southampton, Thin Blue Paw Foundation].

“This journey was my way of honouring a truly remarkable man who was taken far too young.” 

The initial target was set at 4,887 miles but when they “reached Istanbul” in only 15 weeks, they decided to turn around and head back as well - giving a total target of over 9,100 miles. 

The group raised over £3,000 for the three charities. 

Trustee of the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, Kieran Stanbridge said: “Many people don’t realise that police dogs don’t retire with a pension or any financial support so that responsibility falls to their new owner. As former working dogs who have led strenuous lives, these canine heroes can have long-running health problems and are often impossible to insure.

“We are here to offer support to these dogs – and their owners – to ensure that they get the very best treatment and help to enable them to live long, happy lives and enjoy their retirements.”

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