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Natasha & Aidan 💕

Natasha & Aidan 💕 is crowdfunding

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£6,354
raised of £12,000 target by 212 supporters

Weʼre raising £12,000 to purchase, insure & train an assistance dog for a special family

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For those who have been lucky enough to know the love of a dog, we hope that you will support Natasha and Aidan.

Three years ago, Aidan was diagnosed with CPVT after collapsing and becoming unresponsive at primary school. This is a life-threatening heart condition; if Aidan’s heart rate increases in response to emotional stress, it can trigger an abnormally fast and irregular heartbeat, which can lead to sudden death via cardiac arrest, there is no cure.

Their lives are full of uncertainty and overwhelming emotions.

Aidan and Natasha also face additional challenges due to Aidan’s autism and severe OCD. An example of one coping method involves covering up his body head to toe in dark clothing to reduce the risk of contamination. It is incredibly difficult for Aidan to leave the ‘safety’ of the home environment.

He lives in constant fear of contamination and death.

They began fundraising for an assistance dog for Aidan, which would not only provide him with practical and emotional support, it would help with his motor control, sensory activities, CBT therapy and encourage gentle exercise for his heart which will improve his physical wellbeing.

Having an assistance dog will aid him towards some independence, a life full of love, furry fun and doggy cuddles. Not only provide Aidan with practical support like attending medical appointments, but will open up the world to this young man, allowing him to live rather than just merely existing.

Working with Assistance Dogs UK registered-trainer David Campbell, the family have now sourced a puppy, Frankie (pictured).

“Our trainer (David) is wonderful, his understanding of Aidan and dedication to dogs is remarkable. David is highly qualified and already trains and assess assistance dogs. We will all be working closely together, with Aidan included, every step of the way.”

But that training comes at a cost. Natasha and Aidan need to raise a minimum £12,000 to cover the cost of Frankie's specialist training. It takes a minimum of 18 months to train an assistance dog so the funds raised will go towards covering that period of time. David is working closely with the family and the training is adapted specifically for Aidan’s needs each and every step of the way.

The family desperately need funds for Frankie to continue his specialist training as charitable funds aren’t available for children over the age of 10.

Please consider making a donation to help them. For those who know the companionship of a trusted loving dog, imagine how much of a difference your gift would make to this family.

Thank you x

If you would like to follow Aidan & Frankie's progress or simply offer support please click on this link Aidan & Frankie's Journey Group

Media links:

Jade's Marathon- Tameside Correspondent

BBC Radio Manchester with Mike Shaft

BBC Radio Manchester breakfast show with Chelsea

Tameside Reporter Aidan meets Frankie

Click here for ITV news report from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Click here for Tameside Reporter Appeal

Family Update June 2020

Frankie (now aged 5 months) has already started his specialist training.

Training:

🔹 We are working closely with David (trainer) to ensure both boys (Aidan & Frankie) are living their fullest lives together whilst having lots of fun along the way. Frankie currently spends 2 days with the trainer & 5 days at home with Aidan as per clinical advice.

🔹 Aidan has now passed Puppy KC Foundation & the boys are now working towards Bronze award with some fun specialist training included.

Supporters:

We have been busy working away behind the scenes to make history, not just for Aidan but potentially any child between 10-16yrs within the UK that has complex needs inclusive of autism. If the government were to provide funds to assistance dog charities this may also include guide dogs, hearing support dogs, medical detection dogs etc ... for every child to have opportunities to succeed and a chance of independence.

🔹 Jane Harris (Director of External Affairs & Social Change at National Autistic Society) has written to our LA Special Educational Needs team to support Frankie being added to Aidan's Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP).

🔹Our local MP Jonathan Reynolds & local Councillors are in discussions with Clinical Commissioners, LA Directors in both Education/Children's Services and Children & Families. With a view to approaching Parliament for Government policies to be changed to ensure every child's health needs are met. (Charities currently only consider applicants between 3-10years due to funding restraints).

🔹 We have the full support of each of Aidan's clinicians from differing specialities, each providing supporting medical evidence.

Aim:

🔹 To have Frankie documented as a registered health need on Aidan's EHCP (review in progress - awaiting panel discussions/ outcomes between Clinical Commissioners/ LA Special Educational Needs/ Children's Services). The supporting evidence has now been submitted by all involved parties.

🔹 To source funding to enable Frankie to continue his specialist training to become Aidan's assistance dog in approximately 2 years.

🔹 Continue to work closely with clinicians throughout the process to best support Aidan, whilst also cherishing the close bond between the two and allow them to thrive together towards a future life of independence.

🔹 To align with a registered ADUK charity to allow Frankie to become a registered assistance dog upon completion of assessments.

🔹 To not lose HOPE despite the uncertainties.

As a team we can change Aidan’s life for the better. Thank you for your unwavering support during this complex journey. Every Child Matters.

Much Love Natasha, Aidan & little Frankie x

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  • Natasha & Aidan 💕2 months ago
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    Natasha & Aidan 💕

    2 months ago

    Meet 11 year old Jade, she has decided to don her trainers and run a marathon over the next 10 days 🏃‍♀️😮👏 As an asthmatic she is also currently shielding, but is determined to help another child. How fantastic is this! Helping raise much needed funds to train an assistance dog for a local boy (Aidan), whom has complex medical needs including autism & a life threatening heart arrhythmia 💕💜💙💚💛 Let's show Jade how Pawsome she is 🐾👏💙 https://m.facebook.com/groups/2519022391535754?view=permalink&id=2641858749252117

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  • Natasha & Aidan 💕2 months ago
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    Natasha & Aidan 💕

    2 months ago

    Frankie has started his all important training, but we need your help to continue. Aidan is working really hard to help Frankie earn his Assistance Dog Harness. The love for each other and their bond is incredible, please help this blossom if you are able x 🙏💕

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  • Natasha & Aidan 💕2 months ago
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    Natasha & Aidan 💕

    2 months ago

    They say a picture speaks a thousand words ... Happiness & Love x

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Page last updated on: 5/23/2020 15.58

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  • Helen Brierley

    Helen Brierley

    May 23, 2020

    Great to hear you’re doing well Aiden helping Frankie to earn his Assistance Dog Harness! :)And well done to Jade for taking on a Marathon to help raise funds! xx

    £50.00

  • Tanya Ladley

    Tanya Ladley

    May 22, 2020

    donation for marathon:)

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 14, 2020

    Well done Jade on completing your marathon!

  • Alex Schofield

    Alex Schofield

    May 14, 2020

    So proud of you Jade love Alex and Schoey xx

    £10.00

  • Jean

    Jean

    May 14, 2020

    £5.00

  • Sally Mobbs

    Sally Mobbs

    May 14, 2020

    Jade's Marathon-well done Jade! Best of luck Natasha & Aiden!

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 13, 2020

    Well done Jade!

    £5.00

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The funds raised will cover the costs of purchasing a suitable dog, much like a guide dog, cover public liability insurance, veterinary checks & training through the bronze, silver and gold KC Good Citizen scheme alongside the Specialist Assistance Dog Training.

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