Elkie The Wonder Dog!
The Swivel Club is proud to announce that we are currently sponsoring
a puppy via Service Dogs Europe, which is being trained to be a
Diabetes Alert Dog for 64 year old Rushden man Mr John Shave who
has been a Type 1 Diabetic since the age of 18 months. The puppy
named Elkie, will be trained to recognize out of range blood sugar levels
and alert him by patting his leg before a life-threatening hypo-glyceic
attack occurs. This dog, when fully trained, will give much needed peace
of mind to the family who are unable to recognize low blood sugar levels
which can lead to coma and life-threatening results. The puppy was
especially bred to be a sniffer dog and that is very evident in training as
she picks the correct saliva sample tin every time.
Elkie is also being sponsored by ‘The Dogfather’, Graeme Hall who is a regular contributor on Bernie Keith’s BBC Radio Northampton Programme. Graeme’s assistant, Janine Marsh, gives Elkie and John weekly one-to-one training and she is coming on in leaps and bounds. She has her Kennel Club ‘Puppy’ certificate and is now working towards the Kennel Club Bronze Certificate at Rushden Dog Club.
Elkie’s advanced specialist training will take place with Service Dogs Europe in Ireland when she is 12 months old.
Our very own Rodney “Walt” Waterfield was recently announced as
one of four recipients of the Rushden Mayors Award at Rushden
Town Hall. Mayor Richard Lewis presented each of the nominated
winners with their awards at the annual event in recognition of the
work they have carried out to help the local community.
A wheelchair for Megan
Due to the kind generosity of supporters of the Swivel Club, 5 year old Megan Chettle O’Neill has benefited from the purchase of a much needed specialist car seat and wheelchair.
Megan has a genetic skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – Recessive Dystrophic which is a more severe form of the condition. She has no skin below the knees and both legs have been bandaged from foot to thigh since birth.
Due to her condition, there are times when Megan finds it difficult to walk due to restricted movement and should she fall, risks tearing her skin. Megan attends Denfield Park Primary School where she receives full time support to enable her to access all aspects of school life. Despite her physical disabilities (which she copes with exceptionally) she is as bright as a button, with a sunny disposition and always has a smile on her face.
The wheelchair and car seat will enable both her mother and the school staff to handle Megan more easily and will have a hugely positive impact on her life from now on.
Swivel Club Chairman Colin Wright said: “The purpose of our organisation is to help people like Megan and it is moments like this that we see the benefits of our fundraising. The money provided for the items purchased has hopefully turned Megan’s life around.”
GO LOGAN! GO!
Logan Callow is a 5 year old boy from Higham Ferrers. He was diagnosed with a ganglioglioma (benign brain tumour that wraps around blood vessels and creates cysts) in early 2013. After 2 major operations, Logan now has speech issues and only limited use of his legs. The trike has been specially built to accommodate Logan’s needs and will make life so much easier for his Mum as she can help him control it with a hand held gadget. It was part funded through a Trust Fund and the Swivel Club were happy to fund the remainder.
Logan told anyone that would listen that he was going to get a trike and spoke about nothing else the whole time it was being made and judging by the look on his face, the wait was worth it
John Leydon and his son placing the wreath on behalf of the Swivel Club at Higham Ferrers on Remembrance day.
In the picture are Rachel Roberts presenting the cheques to Dr Clive Lewis, with Cheryl Riotto on the far right who is the sister on out patients. The others are staff members who are all involved in transplant at Papworth.