Disabled St Albans woman urges community to vote for charity that gave her new lease of life
PUBLISHED: 10:47 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 19 June 2017
A disabled St Albans woman has urged people to vote for the charity that gave her a new lease of life to help them win £25,000.
Sally Richardson, 56, has myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and is in constant fatigue and debilitating pain.
A charity which trains assistance dogs, Canine Partners, gave Sally a black labrador who helps her with everyday tasks called Dale.
To celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the Freemasons this year, the organisation are running a community competition where three hundred charities across the UK will receive a share of £3 million, and Canine Partners have been nominated for the Hertfordshire district.
How many votes Canine Partners gets will determine how much money they receive - £25,000 could fund five puppy’s first year of training.
Sally said: “I was suddenly thrust into isolation with a sluggish, oversensitive, painful body and a brain swamped by thick mud.”
A Canine Partners spokesperson said Dale has “brought back [Sally’s] sparkle, spirit, self-confidence and joy for life -something that [her] years of illness had taken away and made daily life such a struggle”.
Anyone can vote before July 31 - click here.