Thank you to everyone who watched our BBC Lifeline Appeal on Sunday 29 March 2020 on BBC One.
Did you miss it?
Not to worry! You can watch it again here.
The appeal is presented by Olympian Iwan Thomas MBE and takes you behind the scenes at Canine Partners with exclusive footage, interviews and heart warming stories to showcase our work. It’s not to be missed!
Meet Jackie, Jamie and Ian
In our BBC Lifeline Appeal, you get an exclusive look into the lives of Jackie, Jamie and Ian. Jackie, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was partnered with canine partner Babs in 2015 and Jamie, who has Cerebral Palsy, was partnered with canine partner Whisper in 2018. Babs and Whisper not only help Jackie and Jamie with every day tasks, but they also provide psychological and social benefits, including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.
Ian, who has Myotonic Dystrophy, is currently on the waiting list for an amazing Canine Partners assistance dog. Ian’s condition is genetic and progressive, meaning his muscle function continues to deteriorate over time. Ian lives alone and would benefit greatly from having a canine partner to help him around the house with daily tasks such as picking up dropped items, opening doors and fetching things for him.
Each canine partner costs £30,000
A significant number of adults with a physical disability would benefit from a canine partner assistance dog. Although we’ve been creating life-transforming partnerships for 30 years, there is still so much more we could do. The investment from puppyhood to retirement is now calculated to cost £30,000, so we hope that our BBC Lifeline Appeal will raise awareness of Canine Partners to help us to continue to transform lives for the next 30 years.
Together we can open doors and place more canine partners with people living with disabilities in the UK. We can help transform the lives of more people like Jackie, Jamie and Ian, who are featured in the appeal.
Thank you for your support.
To find out more about BBC Lifeline, please visit bbc.co.uk/lifeline.