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    Weʼve raised £3,245 to help fund an Autism Assistance Dog to support our daughter on her new journey.

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    Funded on Thursday, 21st September 2017

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    Immy had always been a quirky character, full of life and spirit. Over the past few years, we have had to watch this vibrant child grow ever more withdrawn. As she has grown up, she has begun to struggle with life. Things that most children take in their stride began to cause Immy a great deal of distress and she became a shell of her former self. We recently received the devastating diagnosis that she is indeed Autistic and is suffering with extreme levels of anxiety relating to her difficulties in understanding the world. We have been offered medication to relieve the effects of her anxiety, however after much research and soul searching, we feel that this is not the right path for us, we do not want to lose our amazing daughter's sparkle. After reaching out to other families in a similar situation, we heard many inspiring stories of how therapy dogs had been a life line to children suffering with similar issues as our Immy. Suddenly, we had hope! Immy's obsession with animals was apparent from a very young age and she would always seem so content to be with them. So much so, that when she is at her most stressed and vulnerable, she will take on their characteristics. We have witnessed the soothing effects of our family and friend's dogs on Immy and this strengthened the appeal of an assistance dog further.After hours of research, we found Autism Life Dogs. They are an award winning, non-profit organisation who provide assistant dogs for children with Autism and related developmental difficulties. Autism Life Dogs are trained in a unique therapy programme to support children just like Immy.To say that this completely changed our outlook on Immy's future, is not an understatement. Hearing from families who have one of these amazing dogs was so inspiring and we knew we had to do everything possible to find a perfect fit for our daughter. This is where we need your help, a donation towards the training of one of these dogs will genuinely change our lives. Thank You.

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    • Natalia Anthony6 months ago
      Natalia Anthony

      Natalia Anthony

      6 months ago

      Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words, we really do appreciate it. Immy's dog should be coming home in December/January and the team are doing their best to find the perfect match for Immy. Xxx

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    69

    • Susan Plowman

      Susan Plowman

      Sep 8, 2017

      I hope that you get all the money that you need. Your a great mother. X

      £30.00

    • Liz

      Liz

      Sep 7, 2017

      I hope you find Immy the perfect dog! Xx

      £20.00

    • Danielle Thomas

      Danielle Thomas

      Aug 27, 2017

      Wishing you all the best! X

      £10.00

    • E irfan

      E irfan

      Aug 4, 2017

      Good luck! Hope Immy gets the support she needs.xxx

      £10.00

    • Lindsay Boxall

      Lindsay Boxall

      Jul 31, 2017

      £10.00

    • Karen Sanders

      Karen Sanders

      Jul 30, 2017

      Lovely Immy was always a fav of mine at Children's Centre creches. So sorry to hear this, bless her. My dog is my best friend so i bet an autism woofer will work wonders for her!

      £10.00

    • Tony Bear

      Tony Bear

      Jul 30, 2017

      £5.00

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