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Diabetic ‘alert dog’ campaign for 16-year-old Brooke Kirtley
3:02pm Friday 2nd May 2014 in News
A campaign to raise £1,500 to help a diabetic teenager from Haworth has crossed the £1,000 mark.
The appeal was launched to fund a diabetic ‘alert dog’ for 16-year-old Brooke Kirtley, who was diagnosed with type one diabetes in October.
Brooke has had to medicate herself with injections at least four times a day, and must prick a finger to test her blood anything up to 15 times a day.
A diabetic alert dog will be able to detect when Brooke’s blood sugar level is too high or low. It can then warn her to take her medication, avoiding serious organ damage.
Brooke’s mum, Mandy Kirtley, said: “We’ve just crossed the £1,000 mark and will be starting the search for the actual dog itself.
“We’ve been told to use a labrador, golden retriever, cockerpoo or labradoodle for the best results.
“We’d be interested in hearing from owners of these breeds to make us aware of any dogs they know of that need re-homing that show potential for training. We need another £500 to get the dog and complete the training, so fundraising will be ongoing.”
Visit gogetfunding.com/project/a-diabetic-alert-dog-for-brooke-1 to back the campaign.