Ability Dogs for Young People Isle of Wight's Chester

A group of Isle of Wight dogs and their trainers are now proud recipients of a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Almost six years on from forming Ability Dogs for Young People Isle of Wight and all of its volunteers have received the royal recognition, handed over by the Isle of Wight’s Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White at a ceremony at their Sandown Airport base.

Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White at Ability Dogs For Young People’s Queen’s Award ceremony.

Founder Carol Court said:

“I feel incredibly humbled by all the support the volunteers have given because I might run it but really it’s their work and their time that has made everything possible, and that is just incredibly humbling.”

Carol added:

“The dogs are helping young people and children with varying disabilities – they could have cerebral palsy or autism. The dogs are in a nutshell giving them independence, they are allowing them to do things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. And the joy we get from watching our youngsters grow is just fantastic.”

Ability Dogs For Young People is one of four Isle of Wight organisations that has been recognised with a Queen’s Award this year.

The Isle of Wight Foodbank recently lifted the honour, while Needles Coastwatch Institution and Northwood House Charitable Trust will both receive theirs later in the year.