Mon, 17 Oct 2016
A HERMITAGE man has raised more than £900 to help train dogs to assist people with disabilities.
Forty-three-year-old Matt Collett completed the Cardiff Half Marathon earlier this month to raise the funds for Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D.).
The charity, formed in the 1992, helps people with physical disabilities train their pet dog to assistance dog level.
Mr Collett explained how his mother Sheila has benefited from assistance dogs after she was involved in a car accident 20 years ago. She has had three assistance dogs since then and just qualified with her latest assistance dog, Lucas, after training him with Dog A.I.D.
Mr Collett, who regularly runs with the Hermitage Joggers and Newbury Runners, joined more than 20,000 runners, completing the 13.1 miles on Sunday, October 2, beating his target time of one hour 38 minutes by two minutes.
Mr Collett said: “It was ideal weather for running, with the sun shining and great support throughout the whole course.
“It was great to have my parents, wife and children cheering me on, along with Lucas and his retired father Rohan.
“Having an assistance dog has made such a difference to my mum’s life that it is amazing to be able to give something back to the charity that has helped her train Lucas.”
Dog A.I.D. currently has 57 fully-qualified dogs throughout the country, each requiring 18 months to two years of training and specialist education from a network of experts.
If you would like to support Mr Collett’s fundraising, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mattcollett1