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Newcastle rugby star supports Kielder Dog Walk

posted on 10th October 2017 by Rachael Mackay

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 dog.

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 hospitals.

"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 near Durham.

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 see: www.wagandcompany.co.uk/volunteer/volunteer-now/

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Rachael Mackay

Marketing Manager

Tel: 0191 653 1025

"We aim to develop a culture where success is celebrated, where there is a genuine desire to make a difference and deliver an exceptional service."

Rachael has over ten years experience in managerial marketing roles and joined our team in 2012. 

With vast experience in all aspects of marketing and business development in both the Professional Services sector and the Healthcare sector. Rachael is responsible for planning, developing and executing our marketing strategy and reports directly to the Board.

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