Wallace, a 6 year old  labrador guide dog, is now able to relax, run around and have fun in his garden, thanks to the generosity of Bexhill Lions Club.

Mrs Penney, who is registered blind and lives in Bexhill had to move home and now lives in a bungalow with a small garden. Sadly her dog Wallace, which she has had for 4 years, couldn’t go out because the garden was not fenced off to keep him safe. Mrs Penney is one of the younger clients of Homecall- the The Home Visiting Scheme for Blind and Partially Sighted People living in Bexhill.

Leah Norman, Scheme Manager explained. “ Wallace was a little confused because all Guide Dogs have working time and playtime.  Working time is when they are out and about together and playtime is usually when they are let out into the garden without their harness. Mrs Penney was taking Wallace to the park for a break, but he thought he was working”.
Homecall visit her on a regular basis and contacted the Lions to see if they could help. Lion Nick Porter took up the challenge and with the help and support of Leah  obtained  a competitive quotes from fencing contractors. Nick explained. “We contacted the RNIB to ensure we got the correct fence specifications and Leah liaised with Amicus Horizon to obtain the approvals. We got a number of quotes and selected JGF Fencing ltd to undertake the work. We were very impressed with their flexibility and understanding of the need.”

Following the installation, Bexhill Lions received a letter from Homecall which said:

“Dear everyone at the Bexhill Lions Club”

I am writing this letter on behalf of Mrs Penney and her guide dog Wallace. They would like to say a massive thank you for funding the new fence which has enabled Wallace to play safely in the garden and socialize with people as he is not working whilst he is in the garden, which has made a huge difference to him. Mrs Penney also feels much safer as people no longer cut the corner off and walk across her property.”

Leah added “Your commitment to helping maintain support to the blind and partially sighted people in the Bexhill area is greatly appreciated.”


Lion President Rick Hough commented “We are delighted to have been able to help Mrs Penney and Wallace. This is a great example of what we do in our support of individuals and good causes in our community. You can help our on-going support of those with sight related issues by donating your unwanted spectacles in one of our collection boxes around town.  In the summer we will be holding our second SightFest event which is aimed at raising sight awareness, sight impairment and the support groups that are available in Bexhill.”

For more information on Bexhill Lions call Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591 or visit

Homecall can be contacted on 01424 717795 or visit their website Website:


  1. George Coleman says:

    Excellent Job – well done Bexhill Lions.

  2. Sue Cassell says:

    Brilliant, local fundraising for local people.