Isle of Wight charity Ability Dogs for Young People will pick up its Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this afternoon (Wednesday).

After hearing news of their royal recognition last month volunteers of the charity will today receive the honour at a ceremony attended by the Isle of Wight’s Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White.

Ability Dogs for Young People aims to help the thousands of young Islanders living with disabilities by introducing them to dogs trained in helping with everything from everyday tasks like opening doors and getting dressed – to boosting self-confidence.

Founder Carol Court said:

“I think hopefully it will raise awareness to other people because we need more volunteers – we are always short of puppy parents. The ones we have really work very hard and are very dedicated but hopefully by having this award that we can shout about and say what a fantastic team we have more volunteers will come forward as well.”

Betty, the ability dog welcomed by Northwood Primary School in January.

Earlier this year Betty, one of the charity’s pups, joined Northwood Primary School as a therapy dog.