Inspiring Stories

Crumble and Stephen – 24/7 companions

Stephen Greenhalgh and his faithful Labrador Retriever Crumble have become a familiar sight on the streets of Bolton as they take their twice daily constitutionals.

With Crumble firmly attached to his master’s electric wheelchair, the pair are out exercising every day, come rain or shine, each morning and afternoon, plus the odd trip to the shops.

Darren’s new support dog Ivy gives him a much-needed energy boost

Darren Hickford’s new canine partner is providing him with the energy that a long-standing medical condition has robbed him of.

Darren has suffered from a muscle-wasting condition called mitochondrial myopathy since birth, and is growing progressively weaker.

Now aged 49, and an electric wheelchair user, Darren lacks the energy to function normally on a day-to-day basis.

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.