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CEO Charity is a finalist for the BBC Make a Difference Award

CEO Charity is a finalist for the BBC Make a Difference Award

CEO Charity is a finalist for the BBC Make a Difference Award

Carol Court, CEO of Ability Dogs 4 Young People Isle of Wight, has been announced as a finalist for the BBC Make a Difference Award.

The recognition is for Carol’s commitment and contributions to the community over the past 12 years.

The charity, founded in April 2012, has witnessed Carol’s influential role in its development and success.

To date, over 50 specially trained ability dogs have made a positive difference to the lives of many disabled young people on the Isle of Wight.

Dogs provide critical practical and emotional support to children and young adults struggling with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes, epilepsy and anxiety.

Carol and her team carefully match each dog with individuals based on need, providing a personalized support system.

Over the coming weeks, Ability Dogs 4 Young People will be highlighting Carol’s work through their social media, including the recent successful Able Dogs Gala Weekend and Fun Dog Show.

Carol said: “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as one of four finalists in the BBC Make a Difference Animal Award, one of 32 finalists across eight categories.

“However, I have to give all the credit to the team that supported me every step of the way.

“Volunteers, some of whom have supported the charity since its formation, give immeasurable time and dedication to support the organization and for that I am eternally grateful.

“The team work across the charity; with dogs and puppies, raise funds and awareness.

“A team of specialists support recipients every step of the way on their journey with their skill dog and we couldn’t operate without them.

“I give all the credit to the skill dogs. They all changed lives. They made the difference.

“Some had a huge positive impact early on, and others made small changes along the way.”