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Grants awarded to charities that train assistance dogs

Wednesday, 29th August 2012

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has awarded £62,000 to various charities that help to train assistance dogs.

In the run up to the Paralympics, the organisation wanted to celebrate the assistance dogs that help the competing athletes with their day to day lives.

Lora Turnham, a paralympian who is competing in cycling events at the games, is blind and has an assistance dog named Libby.

She said: "Just finding my way to the velodrome without Libby can be a draining experience as all my concentration has to go into navigating my way there safely.

"When I'm with Libby I don’t need to worry about any of that which means I can focus all my efforts into my cycling."

Ms Turnham added that any medals she wins at London 2012 will be shared with Libby.

One of the charities selected to receive part of the grant is Dogs for the Disabled, which provides assistance dogs for children with disabilities.

The Paralympic Games opening ceremony is being held tonight (August 29th).