Inspiring Stories

Amanda on target for Paralympic Games archery team

Ex-police officer Amanda Davidson has overcome some major hurdles in her life. Facing life-changing injuries that ended her career in the Met, tackling Snowdon in a wheelchair, and surviving chronic, debilitating illness.

But now the mother of two from, Lincoln is facing her biggest-ever personal challenge after being selected to take part in the Paralympics archery development programme.

Ex-volunteer Andrea turns client as support dog Ruby transforms her life

Andrea Jack was so proud when she won Support Dogs’ Foster Carer of the Year Award back in 2011, after her fantastic volunteering efforts for the charity she loved were recognised.

Little did she know that within just three years her circumstances would change dramatically and she would go from volunteer to client, after developing a severe form of inflammatory arthritis.

Charlie and Bailey

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Charlie McGowan is 11 years old. When he was three doctors diagnosed him with autism.

From being a seemingly healthy little boy, at the age of two Charlie lost all his language ability, he wouldn’t allow anyone to touch him and he stopped making eye contact with people, including his mum Kirsty. He would only sleep for one hour each night meaning that he was awake for remaining 23 hours of the day. Charlie would become extremely stressed and repeatedly bang his head, leading to bleeding.