Young Cinnamon Trust volunteer to be celebrated at dfs Crufts

Emily MelluishFifteen year old Emily Melluish from Newton Abbot, Devon is heading to the world’s greatest dog show, dfs Crufts next week, where she will be presented with the Cinnamon Trust Silver Shield.

Emily is a member of the Young Kennel Club (YKC), and is being rewarded for her dedication to the charity, the Cinnamon Trust, the only national charity specialising in helping elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. Emily has devoted her time after school every Monday for three years walking a crossbreed dog called Polo on behalf of her owner.

Looking forward to being presented with her award at this year’s dfs Crufts, Emily said “The best thing about volunteering for the Cinnamon Trust is it makes you feel part of something. There is no other charity like the Cinnamon Trust and nobody else does what they do. It is a great charity and I would advise anyone to join them. It is a nice feeling helping them, and when my own dog died it felt like I still had a dog because I still had Polo to walk.”

Averil Jarvis MBE, Founder of the Cinnamon Trust says: “We helped 26,000 people last year with 31,000 pets, and we absolutely couldn’t do this without our volunteers. Emily has been totally reliable and dedicated for over three years and thoroughly deserves her award.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said “The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Emily. It’s wonderful to hear how YKC members are getting more 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

dfs Crufts takes place from 10th -13th March at the NEC, Birmingham. For further information or tickets visit

1 March 2011

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Notes to editors
•        Young Kennel Club membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog, pedigree or crossbreed).
•        The YKC aims to educate young people in the care and training of dogs, whilst promoting fun and friendship.
•        The YKC aims to encourage young adults to enjoy participation in, and management of all activities connected with dogs.
•         The YKC provides and promotes activities that enable members to train, compete and socialise with like-minded youngsters.