Corby family need help to get dog for special needs son

Reuben with his mum Louise
Reuben with his mum Louise

A Corby family are appealing for help to get their special needs son a special dog.

Reuben Farrant, seven, has autism and epilepsy and his family – dad Simon, mum Louise and sister Gabriella, five – have been fundraising so they can secure a place on the Service Dogs Europe scheme.

Reuben Farrant with his sister Gabriella

Reuben Farrant with his sister Gabriella

The charity is based in Ireland, and provides and trains service dogs which can sense when a person is about to have a seizure.

Reuben’s dad Simon said: “Reuben is hoping, with your help, to have an autism/epilepsy dog.

“This special animal will be able to alert us when Reuben has a seizure. This will be fantastic.

“As well as this, the dog will be a comfort for Reuben and help to reassure him when we are out of the home.

Reuben really loves our cat, and gives her masses of love; we are totally sure a dog would be a best friend for him.

Simon Farrant

“Reuben really loves our cat, and gives her masses of love; we are totally sure a dog would be a best friend for him.

“Any donation at all will make a difference, and we would be very grateful.

“It costs £10,000 to fully train the dog – the difference between what we are raising and the full amount is provided by supporters of Service Dogs Europe.”

The family’s ultimate target is £7,200, but a minimum of £500 is the deposit needed to secure Reuben’s place on the Puppy Scheme.

Reuben and his cat Missy

Reuben and his cat Missy

Service Dogs Europe trains service dogs for autism, Tourettes, dementia, mobility, diabetes, hearing and seizure.

To contribute to Reuben’s fundraising efforts click here.