PURE 107.8FM Hor­ror dog fire touched many hearts

Stockport Times West - - BEER -

THE shock­ing fire at Manch­ester Dogs’ Home has touched the hearts of many.

For the One Voice team, who have a weekly mag­a­zine pro­gramme made by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties on Stock­port’s ra­dio sta­tion Pure 107.8FM, the bad news was felt all the more keenly as Corinna Clayton from Manch­ester Dogs’ Home had been a guest on their show a mat­ter of days be­fore the at­tack.

Pro­ducer Paul Hol­loway ex­plains more…. IF you lis­ten to our show reg­u­larly then you may re­mem­ber Corinna Clayton came in to see us a cou­ple of weeks ago with her beau­ti­ful whip­pet Ed­die to talk about Manch­ester Dogs’ Home.

We had a lovely time with Corinna, she was a great guest with her pas­sion for dogs shin­ing through. Off-air she was warm and friendly, if fact we ended up in fits of gig­gles.

So it was with to­tal hor­ror that the team here learnt of the sus­pected ar­son at­tack which took the lives of over 60 dogs on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 11.

Apart from the suf­fer­ing of all the dogs caught in the blaze, we know how much this aw­ful act will have af­fected Corinna and her col­leagues – both staff and vol­un­teers.

She told us a lit­tle about the process of how dogs are treated when they ar­rive at Manch­ester Dogs’ Home. They only put an an­i­mal down as an ab­so­lute last re­sort – they work re­ally hard to sort out any be­hav­iour is­sues which might stop a dog be­com­ing a suit­able fam­ily pet.

Pub­lic re­ac­tion to the sus­pected ar­son at­tack on Manch­ester Dogs’ Home has been phe­nom­e­nal.

The Manch­ester Evening News set up a Just Giv­ing page which re­ceived well over a mil­lion pounds in do­na­tions.

If as thought, the fire is con­firmed to have been started de­lib­er­ately, then this will be the sec­ond time this year that one of the guests on the show has been a tar­get of an ar­son at­tack. Ear­lier in the year, Lucy Saw­don, from In­de­pen­dent Op­tions, the Hazel Grove char­ity that sup­ports peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, came in to see us. The sheds on their al­lot­ment had been burnt to the ground ru­in­ing months of hard work from their dis­abled clients.

Then, as now, the re­ac­tions from peo­ple in the com­mu­nity was to rally around and after ap­peals on Pure 107.8FM and in the Stock­port Ex­press, the cash to re­pair and re­place the dam­aged items was soon raised.

We’ve put a link on our home­page www. pur­era­dio.org.uk to both the pod­cast in­clud­ing Corinna Clayton’s ap­pear­ance on One Voice and the Manch­ester Dogs’ Home fundrais­ing page.

Every­body here at Pure 107.8FM wants to wish every­body in­volved in the re­cov­ery work at Manch­ester Dogs’ home all the best.

Corinna Clayton, from Manch­ester Dogs’ Home, in the stu­dio

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