A dog trainer from North Swindon and her followers have again held a successful open day and dog show raising money for Climb (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases) – and making more money than ever.
Janet Garrett who runs Janet’s Puppy Skool in Haydon Wick has raised several thousand pounds over the last six years in memory of her late grandson Jamie Kirk. He would have been eight years old, but he died after two weeks in 2002 from an inherited metabolic disease.
This year’s open day which included a range of doggy and puppy tests, competitions and obstacle courses raised a record £1,001.
Chloe Harnett collected the cheque on behalf of Climb. The eight year old who attends Shaw’s Brook Field Primary School and lives in Middleleaze, West Swindon was diagnosed in July with the rare condition Coffin Lowry Syndrome characterized by craniofacial (head and facial) and skeletal abnormalities, learning difficulties, short stature, and hypotonia.
Her mum Jo said Climb had provided fantastic support for the family. "Chloe is copying with number of issues such as microcephaly which manifests itself as a small head and in March she was diagnosed with autism. We went to see the genetic specialist in Oxford in the summer and he confined Coffin Lowry Syndrome.
"Climb have been fantastic to us when we contacted them for more information. They quickly put us in touch with a family in Manchester who have an eight year girl. We’ve talked a lot on the ‘phone; it’s very helpful to be be able to talk to parents who are going through the same thing as ourselves."
Janet added: “Climb’s research and support is phenomenal and the things they are able to do for people is incredible. The support they gave my daughter Lauren and myself during those desperate days in 2002 was amazing, during Jamie Kirk’s short illness and after he died.
"Because the range of genetic illness is so wide, families can be quite isolated when they want to talk to somebody who understands their particular situation. Climb provides fantastic, essential help to them."