Daniel McGuire, 17, from Maidstone in Kent will receive a special award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts next month. Daniel has been a volunteer with the Cinnamon Trust for two years and his dedication and reliability have earned him recognition as their Young Volunteer of the Year 2012.
Throughout 2012, Daniel was one of a team of volunteers who ensured that Belle, a Collie cross, enjoyed a daily walk. Belle’s owner, Joyce, suffers from dementia and although she cannot walk Belle, Joyce gains so much from her faithful, loving friend – in fact it is safe to say Belle is Joyce’s world.
Daniel, who walks Belle for Joyce twice a week, said: “I started as part of my Duke of Edinburgh award but liked it so much that I carried on! I’m glad I can help as Belle is a great dog.”
Daniel will receive the prestigious Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at Crufts on Saturday 9th March at 11.30am in the Young Kennel Club ring.
Mrs Averil Jarvis, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said “Daniel’s level of commitment and absolute reliability tipped the balance in his favour ahead of several other strong candidates for this award.”
In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust scheme encourages young people who love dogs to help frail, older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation - the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.
18th February 2013