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Evie is volunteer of the year!

Young Kennel Club member, Evie Lambeth, age 13 from East Sussex will visit Crufts the world’s largest dog show to be presented for the first time ever with a very unique and special award, the Cinnamon Trust’s Silver Shield.

YKC member and trust volunteer Evie has been selected to receive the award for the time, energy and enthusiasm she has devoted to the Trust.

The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity for elderly and ill people and their much loved pets. The charity helps 10,000 people a year with 12,000 animals and runs two sanctuaries.

It offers Young Kennel Club members the opportunity to volunteer as a dog walker for individuals who can no longer exercise their pets. Volunteers must be aged 16 years and above unless accompanied by an adult.

Evie explains: ‘I walk a guide dog called Ivy when other people are unable to do so. When she is in harness she is the perfect guide dog, and once off she is a normal pet. Ivy and I formed a strong bond very quickly when I began walking her.

I know all of her allergies, what she likes and dislikes, and even which side of the road she prefers to walk on. She loves to go swimming and to play with my dog Scamp, who is a two year old Miniature Schnauzer. Ivy is the first dog I have walked for the Cinnamon Trust. She is very well behaved and obedient and I get great pleasure out of walking her whenever I can.’

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: ‘The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Evie. It’s wonderful to hear how YKC members are getting more involved within the local community and sharing their love of dogs with others. Volunteering offers a great learning experience, providing a fulfilling sense of achievement and an opportunity to understand more about the many different roles dogs have within our society.’