Dogs for Good is delighted to welcome Sky Golf Presenter Sarah Stirk as a new celebrity ambassador.

Inspired by her own love of dogs and a pet Labrador called Mia, Sarah wanted to help Dogs for Good, a charity making life-changing differences to people with disabilities, after several stories about the charity’s work were featured in The Times 2016 Christmas Appeal. Sarah explained: “It was incredibly inspiring to read how through a special bond with a dog, people who are facing enormous challenges in their day to day lives were now more independent and able to do things that had previously seemed to be impossible.  I am really looking forward to being able to offer my support in the future.”

Sarah recently visited the charity’s national training centre in Banbury and was able to meet two of the charity’s newest puppies, Shelagh and Star.  It will take nearly two years and many hours of care and support from volunteer puppy socialisers, together with specialist training from Dogs for Good staff, before these young pups are ready to become highly trained assistance dogs and community dogs able to transform the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Lucy Vincent, director of marketing for the charity said: “We’re thrilled that Sarah’s going to lend her support by being an ambassador for Dogs for Good. We help people with a wide range of conditions and disabilities including autism, physical disabilities and learning disabilities and our dogs make a real difference helping to increase independence, improve self confidence and reduce social isolation, but sadly we can’t help everyone who needs us.  Support like Sarah’s is vital in helping more people to know about what we do and lending further support.”

Sarah will be helping with a number of events in the future including fundraising campaigns and with the charity’s 30th Anniversary  celebrations in 2018.