Speaker Meeting 24th February 2020

Tess Thompson
Support Dogs

Tess Thompson, from the charity Support Dogs, was the Club's speaker on 24th February. She explained how these dogs had transformed the lives of people with epilepsy, autism and physical disabilities living in Derbyshire.

The dogs provide a reliable 10-55 minute warning prior to the onset of an epileptic seizure, which enables people living with epilepsy to prepare for the attack and getting to a place of their choosing. One lady explained "This incredible improvement in the quality of my life in terms of reducing the stress and worry of an unpredictable seizure striking at any moment has, I believe, also helped to reduce the number of seizures I experience each day".

The autism assistance dogs have transformed the lives of children aged from 3 to 10 years living with autism, keeping them safe and helping them to deal with the world around them.

The dogs providing disability assistance can do amazing things such as assistance in loading and unloading the dishwasher, opening and closing doors, raising the alarm, picking up dropped items and in making the bed.

Tess explained that all services are entirely free of charge to those in need of them.

At the end of her excellent talk President Andy Cartwright presented her with a donation for Support Dogs of £250.

Supporting a dog can cost as little as £1.25 per week:
https://www.supportdogs.org.uk/what-we-do

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Rotarian David Smith
For Church Wilne Rotary


27th January 2020

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