Thornhaugh charity worker Lisa to take to the skies in support of the Labrador Rescue Trust

Lisa Canham with Chudley the labrador
Lisa Canham with Chudley the labrador

A CHARITY worker will be jumping out of an aeroplane to raise money for dogs.

Lisa Canham, a volunteer with the Labrador Rescue Trust, will do a tandem parachute jump for Help A Labrador In Need Week which runs from April 22 to 29. The week is a first for the trust which wants to establish a high-profile annual event.

The jump will be at Sibson airfield on Thursday, April 26 and Lisa is looking forward to it.

“I’ve never done anything like it before but I’m not scared,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to drop from a height and now I’ll find out.”

Lisa, 43, of Meadow Lane, Thornhaugh, has already raised £350 in sponsorship and is aiming for £1,000. A team of human and canine supporters will be there to cheer her on. There is also a sponsorship form and collection tin at Pets Korner in Stamford and a fundraising page,www.justgiving.com/lisa-canham

A five-mile sponsored dog walk on Sunday, April 22 will start and finish at The Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick near Oundle. Entry is £5 and all breeds and walkers without dogs are welcome. Meet at 9.30am for refreshments before a 10am start. Sandwich lunches will be available and a case of wine will go to the person with the most sponsorship.

The trust will have a stand in High Street, Stamford on Friday, April 27 and will be at Pets At Home in Peterborough on April 28 and 29.

A target of £10,000 has been set nationally, the amount coinciding with the charity rehoming its 10,000th labrador since it was founded in 1988.

Lisa said local organisers, led by area co-ordinator Shirley Smith from Bulwick, were hoping people would support their efforts.

She said: “We’re hoping for coffee mornings, table top sales, a barbecue or a cake sale at school, anything at all to raise funds.

“As we only have six permanent helpers we’re also calling on labrador rescue dog owners to help us, if only for a short time. I’m hoping we will raise £3,000 locally.”

Contact her on 07920 199155 for more details.

Lisa got involved with the trust after visiting Stamford Dog Show on The Meadows shortly after returning from the Limousin area of France where she had lived for seven years.

There she had rescued dogs abandoned by the hunting fraternity at the end of each year’s season.

She has fostered lots of labradors and currently has five - Beth, Jasper, Guinness, Wellington and Chudley, who is sponsored by Chudley dog food.

Her husband Wil, a rigger who works on Sky TV major sporting events, is very supportive.

The trust will also be at David’s Fuchsias sale at Stamford Arts Centre on Friday, May 4 and at Burghley Game Fair on May 6 and 7.

It will hold a dog show and family fun day at New Lodge Farm Market, Bulwick on July 1. Stands for this cost £25 - book with Lisa who is also looking for a dog agility team for the event.

The trust also has two chocolate labradors it is desperate to re-home – Barney who is eight and Max, four. Both need experienced owners in a rural setting. Homes and applicants are vetted thoroughly and a donation is asked for.

Lisa said that a recent story in the Mercury about the work of the trust had resulted in eight solid contacts with people willing to foster or adopt dogs or to help out generally.

And as for Drummer, the dog with the terrible skin problems we featured, he is now making progress and has his eyes open.

His justgiving page has so far raised £1,700. Pets Korner and Stamford Veterinary Centre are also helping raise money.