Gainsborough: Fundraisers help raise money to provide a service dog for a young boy with autism
Samantha Walford has three children who all suffer from autism and present their own individuals traits and challenges.
Her son, Charley, who is four-years-old, has a tendency to ‘bolt’ without any warning.
Samantha said: “We can be walking down the street and, in an instant, with no warning at all, he can slip out of your hand before you get chance to tighten your grip.”
“He has outgrown his buggy and his reins are becoming a bit tight now.”
A service dog would be ideal as Charley will be connected to the dog by a belt around his waist and when Charley attempts to ‘bolt’ the dog is trained to sit or lie down and act as an anchor.
Samantha is now fundraising to raise the money needed to get a service dog for Charley.
Samantha said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity.”
“The staff that work in the stores of Marshall’s Yard and shops near by have all taken sponsor forms to support our cause, which is amazingly heart warming how kind and supportive some of the people have been.”