DOG lovers in Acton are being encouraged to grab their leads and put on their walking boots to join hundreds of others across the country in a virtual walk for charity.

The Great British Dog Walk, sponsored by Specsavers Audiologists, will be coming to Acton for the first time this autumn.

It was meant to take place in the spring but had to be postponed in the lockdown.

However, instead of scrapping the walk entirely, organisers have decided to press on with a virtual event.

The walk is run by the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, which raises funds to train dogs to alert deaf people to life-saving sounds such as smoke and intruder alarms.

Walkers are asked to sign up, pick a walking route of any length, choose a date up till November 8 and set off.

Paul Botterill, audiologist at Specsavers Acton, said: ‘It’s an excellent way for people to have fun, get some exercise, enjoy the great outdoors - with or without a dog - all while supporting a fantastic cause.”

‘We’re so proud of our involvement in the Great British Dog Walk and the fact that it directly helps to transform the lives of deaf people.’

Entry is £10, which will help the charity to train more life-changing hearing dogs, and entrants will receive a stylish bandana for their dog, a virtual medal, certificate, an activity pack and entry into a free prize draw.