Support Dogs Sheffield told Sheffield Live! they are stretched to the limit with a huge increase in demand for support dogs to assist a range of conditions. The charity, who provide a free of charge service, are dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions such as seizures and autism. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield celebrated World Autism Awareness Day by wearing blue and holding events to highlight the work that is being done to support people with Autism.
Dogs are being trained to support people who have disabilities by helping out with day to day actives. They can also warn someone if they are about to have an epileptic fit so that they can move to a safe place before the fit starts.
Three clubs, six courses, 108 holes of golf… this Friday (20 June) Mercury Taxis’ Dermot Griffiths and Peter Holmes will attempt a “Golfathon” – aiming to play 18 holes of golf at six different golf courses in and around the Sheffield area.
And it’s not just for fun – they’re raising money for Support Dogs, a national charity dedicated to increasing independence and improving the quality of life for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability.
Starting out at 4.45am in the morning at Abbeydale Golf Club and finishing (hopefully) at around 10pm in the evening up at Tankersley Park Golf Club, Dermotand Peter will be undertaking their ‘Golfathon’ with the aid of just three golf clubs each.
During the day Dermot and Peter will also be playing at Dore and Totley Golf Club, Beauchief Golf Club, Tinsley Park and Hillsborough Golf Clubs as part of the challenge.
Peter told Sheffield Live:
“If you’d like to make a donation it’s very easy – you can either visit our Just Giving page, or alternatively you can donate via a simple text message from your mobile phone as follows – send a text with our personalised code – HOLE50, followed by the amount you wish to donate – ie £1 to 70070.
“All monies that are raised will be donated to what we consider is one of Sheffield’s best charities ‘Support Dogs’. Please try and help us by supporting our cause, we will be very grateful.”