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London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of Dogs for the Disabled

23 JUL 2012


london-to-brighton-bike-ride-in-aid-of-dogs-for-the-disabledLast year a team of nine people from Crown Pet Foods climbed Mount Snowdon in aid of Dogs for the Disabled, and raised an incredible £6000 which went towards training Ava, a Dogs for the Disabled assistance dog. Since then we’ve regularly kept you updated on Ava’s progress on our news pages, and we’ve found her journey so inspiring that we have decided to undertake another challenge to raise more funds to support the valuable work that Dogs for the Disabled do.

Training a puppy to become a fully-fledged assistance dog isa lengthy and costly process, but the profound and positive effect that these dogs have on the lives of those they assist (adults and children with physical disabilities and children with autism) they assist is immeasurable. For example here is just one of many stories that motivates us to raise funds for Dogs for the Disabled…

When Zoe talks about her dog Hatti, her face could literally light up a room. Zoe is thirteen and was born with Achondraplasia which affected the growth of her limbs. In 2006, Zoe became paralysed from the chest down as a result of an operation on her spine. Hatti, a friendly and enthusiastic chocolate Labrador has given Zoe the friend and helper she so desperately needed.

Says Zoe, “Hatti is my best friend, she’s just fun to be around – I think she makes me laugh everyday, but just knowing that she’s there has helped me feel better again. I used to be scared to be on my own. So scared, I wouldn’t even spend time in my own bedroom.”

“Hatti has changed all that, she’s very clever and I know that if I need anything she’ll be there to help me. When I applied to Dogs for the Disabled I remember asking to have a dog to give me companionship and friendship. I wanted a dog of my own to help not just me but my whole family. That’s exactly what Hatti’s done. She can pick things up for me so my Mum doesn’t always need to be around. Most of all she makes me feel safe– if I need her to she can get my Mum in seconds – even if it’s the middle of the night.”

Zoe’s mum Helen agrees: “The longer Zoe and Hatti are together the more Zoe’s confidence grows. She’s becoming more independent all the time – I’m really proud of what they’ve achieved and can’t thank Dogs for the Disabled enough for what they’ve given us.”

The James Wellbeloved Big Bike Ride

On September the 16th, a team of 6 cyclists will complete the 54 mile London to Brighton route. For most of them this will be the furthest they’ve ever cycled, but they are looking forward to the challenge and to raising money to support Dogs for the Disabled. If you would like to sponsor the team please visit their Just Giving page click here. Remember that every little helps, and anything you can give will go to supporting this fantastic cause.