Heysham sisters lead the way for charity

Lynn Matthews

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Two Heysham sisters are being praised for their work in organising a sponsored dog walk which has raised thousands of pounds over the past three years.

Lynn Matthews with her assistance dog Christa and her sister Brenda led a group of nearly 30 volunteers on their third annual sponsored walk along Morecambe promenade from Heysham to Morecambe on Sunday May 10.

The group has raised more than £1,000 for Dogs for the Disabled and dog walker Lynn Dykes has thanked the sisters for their hard work and effort to get more of the community involved.

Lynn Dykes said: “We have known Lynn for about three years, we walk our dogs on the same route. Lynn and Brenda are both lovely, they have both worked really hard and it is a great day, we are also raising money for a great cause.

“They are really supportive, they are just lovely people who are enthusiastic about Dogs for the Disabled which makes you want to take part.”

Last year the walk, with fewer people, raised more than £1,000 for Dogs for the Disabled, whose North West centre currently supports two assistance dog partnerships in Morecambe.

This year’s walk started at 10.45am from Heysham Village Car Park and stretched to Happy Mount Park and back depending on ability.

Lynn and Brenda hope to encourage even more people to take part in the future.

The sisters were astounded by the turnout and overwhelmed by the support for a charity close to their hearts.

Lynn said: “It means so much to me the amount of support that we have had from the community of Morecambe and surrounding districts in both raising money and just as important the awareness of what Dogs for the Disabled do.

“It was wonderful the amount of people who turned out on Sunday, I have so much to thank them for.

“Dogs for the Disabled has enabled me to be much more independent by having Christa, as she gets me undressed by taking my socks, shoes, trousers and jumper off, which means I don’t have to ask 
my sister to do everything for me.

“Christa loves doing these different tasks as each time she does something she gets a treat (which is food out of her daily food allowance).”

Dogs for the Disabled’s North West centre celebrated its first anniversary in January this year.

The charity hopes to have nearly 40 disabled clients with assistance dogs and more than 30 volunteer puppy socialisers placed all over the North West by the end of 2015.

To donate and to find out more about the charity visit www.dogsforthedisabled.org.