Disabled St Albans woman urges community to vote for charity that gave her new lease of life

Sally and Dale are urging people to vote for Canine Partners in the Freemason's competition

Sally and Dale are urging people to vote for Canine Partners in the Freemason's competition - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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