Fifteen year old Jenny Whelan from Bexhill on Sea, West Sussex is getting ready to be centre stage at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts in March.
Jenny, a Young Kennel Club member is being awarded this year’s Cinnamon Trust Silver Shield after dedicating her weekends for the last five years to walking Mitzi, a dog belonging to 92 year old Peggy Clarke, through the charity, Cinnamon Trust.
Cinnamon Trust Founder and Chief Executive, Averil Jarvis MBE said: “Jenny has been chosen from 600 young volunteers. All of them help elderly people with their pets, but Jenny is outstanding in her consistency and commitment.”
Jenny’s help in walking Mitzi, a West Highland White Terrier, allows Peggy and her much loved dog to stay together, by providing the extra exercise Mitzi requires and Peggy is unable to give.
Looking forward to being presented her award at this year’s Crufts Jenny said: “I love walking Mitzi and my mum and I have become good friends with Peggy. Mitzi is fun to walk and loves her cuddles. Being a young volunteer is such a great way of helping people as well as having a great time with dogs. It is also reassuring for the elderly people you help, that their beloved pets are receiving such great care. If it was not for Cinnamon Trust their lives would be a lot harder.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Jenny. It’s wonderful to hear of YKC members getting involved within the local community and sharing their love of dogs with others.
“Volunteering offers a great learning experience, providing a fulfilling sense of achievement and an opportunity to understand more about the many different roles dogs have within our society.”
If you are interested in becoming a Cinnamon Trust volunteer or a Young Kennel Club member, please contact the Young Kennel Club team on 020 7518 1030 or visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.
Crufts takes place from 8th -11th March at the NEC Birmingham.
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Notes To Editors
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK.The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.