Stirling Observer

Fundraiser to buy new wheelchair for woman

- Kaiya Marjoriban­ks

An event being held in Dunblane later this month hopes to raise funds to buy a state of the art wheelchair for a young woman.

The Finola Trust in associatio­n with Canine Partners is holding a ceilidh and auction night at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Friday November 10.

For £45 per person a three course dinner will be cooked by Gary James of celebrity chef Nick Nairn’s team; and there will be magic, the Portobello Ceilidh Band, a disco and more.

The Finola Trust is raising money to purchase a state of the art electric wheelchair for Finola, a 25-year-old from Edinburgh, to allow her to be independen­tly mobile. She also has an assistance dog provided for her by the charity Canine Partners, who have an office in Stirling and who will also benefit from 25 per cent of the proceeds of the fundraisin­g evening.

Canine Partners dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challengin­g.

They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and

shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The charity is also working in partnershi­p with Help for Heroes, and aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabiliti­es including members of HM Armed Forces.

To book go to www. ticketsour­ the-finola-trust or email: henri@finolatrus­ or call 07720 837683.

For more informatio­n on Canine Partners, including volunteeri­ng opportunit­ies, visit caninepart­

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