The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is supporting caring canines in the run up to the 2012 Paralympic Summer Games, awarding more than £60,000 to assistant dog charities this summer.
The trust is awarding more than £60,000 to assistant dog charities this summer, celebrating the many assistance dogs that have helped to give the athletes the confidence to go for gold.
The grants have been donated to seven different charities that train and use dogs to help people in their everyday lives.
Paralympian Lora Turnham, who is competing in cycling events at London 2012, uses her assistance dog Libby in her day-to-day training.
“My training schedule at the moment is really busy, and Libby puts in just as many hours as I do, but never complains,” said Miss Turnham, who has a visual impairment.
“Just finding my way to the velodrome without Libby can be a draining experience as all my concentration has to go into navigating my way there safely. When I’m with Libby I don’t need to worry about any of that which means I can focus all my efforts into my cycling.
“Any medals I win, I will be sharing with her!”
Some of the money will be helping two disabled children who are on the waiting list for an assistance dog, as £20,000 was provided to Dogs for the Disabled.
Peter Gorbing, chief executive of the charity, said: “The benefits these dogs bring to the children’s lives are far ranging and we are so grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for providing us with the money required to train a further two dogs.”
The money will also help disabled people train their own dogs; £9,000 was donated to Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog AID), which helps people with a physical disability train their own dogs.
Sandra Fraser from Dog AID said: “We will be using the kind grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to host workshops for our clients and their dogs.”