Britain's Oldest Dog Walker Honoured as Coronation Champion
Britain's oldest RSPCA volunteer is still taking dogs for walks, aged 104 and has been given a special coronation award by the charity.
Sally Field has been caring for abandoned and mistreated dogs at her local rescue centre for 42 years. She helps out at the RSPCA’s Millbrook Animal Centre in Chobham, Surrey, by walking 10 of its dogs twice a week – as well as her neighbour’s five dogs.
As a long-standing member of the centre’s friends group, she has helped to raise thousands of pounds and also helps in the snack bar and on fundraising days. In honour of her selfless work, Sally has been crowned a ‘Coronation Champion'.
Sally, who was recently pictured with the late TV host Paul O’Grady at an Animal Hero Awards ceremony, says she has no plans to hang up her leads. She said: “I like the dogs and I like the job.
"I came to the gala day and we walked down the kennels and I said ‘I wouldn’t mind coming here dog-walking’ and I’ve been here 42 years in September. When I first came here we used to have three dogs in each kennel, but now there’s only one. Apart from that there’s not a lot of change at all, because it’s always been nice up here."
Sally will join seven other RSPCA volunteers as guests of King Charles during the coronation festivities in London this weekend.