Two Sheffield Wednesday players were extremely impressed when they met a pair of talented young pups with a very special job to do.
Midfielders Liam Palmer and Giles Coke gave their backing to Sheffield charity Support Dogs as the organisation welcomed two new arrivals to their training ground.
Little Labradors; Clayton, named after fundraisers Hilda and Dennis Clayton, and Sky, in honour of the charity sky dive team, are learning to change the lives of those with challenging medical conditions.
The pups are currently in the socialisation stage; getting out and experiencing different situations from busy roads to shopping centres, before training begins and it is decided which of three special jobs they will go on to do:
- Autism Assistance – providing safety and companionship for children with autism
- Disability Assistance – assisting their owner with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult
- Seizure Alert – giving people with epilepsy a 100 per cent reliable warning prior to a seizure
After the visit Liam said: “It was brilliant to meet Clayton and Sky and learn about how Support Dogs will train them to do an amazing job which will, no doubt, change the lives of their future owners.”
Sheffield Wednesday first gave backing to Support Dogs at the club’s community fun day back in July and director of operations at the charity, Rita Howson, is delighted with the partnership.
She said: “We are extremely grateful to SWFC for including us in Owls in the Park which enabled us to raise funds and awareness so we can continue to train these amazing dogs to help adults and children with some of the most challenging conditions.
“It was great to get the players along to see the work we do and we hope our relationship with Sheffield Wednesday and their supporters continues to go from strength to strength.”
To learn more about the work carried out by Support Dogs please click HERE.