Pupdate from Support Dogs & Staff Skydive raising over £1,000…
Posted on August 1, 2016
Business Development Manager Dawn Gregory has now completed her Skydive in aid of Support Dogs - raising a fantastic £1,056! She said
"Having worked with Support Dogs for the last 4 years, seeing the work that they have done and meeting with the people that they have helped, I wanted to go the extra mile (well 3 miles up actually!) and raise as much as possible for this amazing life transforming charity. It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience but I'm so pleased I've been able to make a difference."
Support Dogs have sent us an update on some of their partnerships below:-
Gregor and Farley :
We are delighted that our autism assistance dog partnership between 10 year old Gregor and Autism Assistance Dog Farley has qualified this summer. Gregor’s mum explains
“Autism can very disruptive, and sometimes our family
could spend so much time split in two, as Gregor struggled leaving the house, with Gregor getting very distressed. So we had to take it in turns to be with him while trying to go with is older sister. Thanks to Farley and Support Dogs, going out together as a family of four for long walks has been amazing. Gregor loves watching Farley run, and having him hold on to Farley’s harness adds an element of safety, as Gregor has no sense or danger or awareness of risks crossing the road.”
Kym and Marley
Three year old red Labrador retriever, Marley was being sold on second hand buy and sell website Preloved, after his owners could no longer look after him and had been living in his family’s garden and was rarely exercised. Support Dogs found his listing and went out to assess him and found he had the potential we were looking for.
Following 18 months of training Marley was paired up with Kym who has a degenerative condition which causes constant pain and greatly affects her mobility, making even the simplest of everyday tasks difficult. Kym said:
“Having a support dog has had such a massive impact on my life. Before I had a dog, I hadn’t left the house for over a year. I had no confidence and my family was worried about me. With Marley I have my life and my independence back and it is all thanks to Support Dogs.”
Pug Terrier cross Fudge has just been accepted on to our training programme after an 8 week assessment. Fudge came to the charity after being discovered by a rescue centre run by the Blue Cross. Support Dogs recruits dogs from rescue centres and unwanted pets who have the potential to make it as support dogs.
Something for you to watch:- We recently filmed a lovely 3 minute film about Bobbie and Support Dog Poppy. It shows the amazing impact that your support is making happen to the lives of those affected by a range of disabilities. You can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKMQ13_jaMo
A breath of fresh air National Trust’s Longshaw Event are organising a 10k run every last Sunday of the month. It is free to take part and you can raise sponsorship for Support Dogs in the process. For more details visit www.supportdogs.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org There are also plenty of other challenges to take part in from cycle rides to Skydiving so please get in touch.
Volunteering We are urgently looking for foster carers, to provide homes during evenings and weekends for our support dogs in training. We are also in need of those who can help raise funds at various local events. If you can help at all with any of this or would like more info please email email@example.com
Sponsor a support dog From just £4 a month you can sponsor one of our wonderful support dogs and help our work for those affected by autism, epilepsy and disability. You receive a lovely welcome pack with a soft toy and an update 3 times a year. For more details visit www.supportdogs.org.uk