The donation was granted as part of a GSK award won by Steve Troman, one of the directors at the company’s Barnard Castle site, and his project.
Darlington-based Dogs for the Disabled beneficiary Elizabeth Blackman and her assistance dog Ned, a flat coated retriever and Labrador cross, was presented with the cheque last month. Elizabeth has multiple sclerosis, making everyday tasks that most take for granted extremely difficult. Ned helps Elizabeth live her life more independently by collecting the post, loading and unloading the washing machine, opening and closing doors, pressing buttons at pedestrian crossings and doing much more.
Steve suggested Dogs for the Disabled as recipients of the cheque after a particularly moving documentary he’d seen about the-life changing benefit these dogs can give their owners.
“The things these dogs can do are very impressive, I was blown away by the TV programme” added Steve. “Any dog is a great companion but when you see a Dog for the Disabled partnered with someone living with a disability the difference to the quality of life is tremendous.”
Dogs for the Disabled is a charity creating partnerships between trained assistance dogs and children and adults living with physical disability, and families with a child with autism; providing independence and companionship. Dogs for the Disabled supports over 260 partnerships and teams across the UK, each one costing over £19,000 throughout its lifetime. The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to carry out its work and there are hundreds more lives that could be transformed with your help.