Newcastle rugby star supports Kielder Dog Walk
A Kielder dog walk supported by 133 dog lovers
including Newcastle Falcon and Tongan
International Opeti Fonua raised funds and awareness of Wag and
Company North East Friendship Dogs - the region's only charity to
visit the elderly and vulnerable in their own home.
Wag and Company was founded by Diane Morton, retired group HR
director for Northumbrian Water that also hosted the event. She was
inspired to set up the charity in 2016 after volunteering for
Northumbrian Water in care homes and later experiencing her late
father with dementia who was greatly comforted by visits from her
Blackett Walker a corporate partner of Wag and Company made the
Newcastle Falcon's star aware of the charity.
Diane said: "In a little over a year since we launched the
charity we now have over 102 approved volunteer Wag Teams who visit
the elderly at home, in care homes, in dementia programmes and
"They have made nearly 9,000 successful visits and we are well
on our way to reaching our target of 500 volunteers by 2021.
"We watched my father deal with vascular dementia over a number
of years. It was heartbreaking but the relationship he developed
with our Labrador Harry, who visited the nursing home with me, was
beautiful and really special. Dad didn't know who I was but he knew
Harry by name."
The charity is always looking for dog owners to volunteer their
time and visit the elderly and vulnerable in the region. The
charity's first approved volunteer Diane Snowsill and her dog Eddie
the lurcher, visit Sheila Moody an 88-year-old pensioner who lives
Sheila, who cut the ribbon for the event, said: "Diane and
Eddie's visit is the highlight of my week."
If you are interested in volunteering with Wag and Company
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