Meet our Fundraising Champion – Jane Ward

Please meet Jane Ward, one of our incredible Fundraising Champions!

Jane is a member of Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club, who have gone above and beyond to support our charity. It was so lovely to meet Jane, albeit virtually, she is such a lovely lady with some amazing interest and hobbies (not to mention her dogs are adorable!)

Jane loves a challenge and didn’t let, dare we say the c word, Covid stop her from facing her fundraising challenge. We asked Jane to answer a few questions so our followers can find out more about her and her fundraising efforts.

1) A little bit of background about yourself

I’m a retired special needs teacher with lots of hobbies and interests: gardening, art, knitting, reading, creative writing, nature and walking, and, of course, dog training!

We have two rescue Border Collies, Luna and Arthur, who are 8 and 6 respectively. Arthur is the larger of the two, the one with his tongue out and showing his gappy teeth, from a previous and most unpleasant life. - poor chap!

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2) A summary of the incredible fundraising you have done for Veterans With Dogs?

I walk regularly with my dear friend Di. We both decided that we needed a challenge, and a sponsored walk was our choice. As my dog training club is supporting VWD I wanted to make them my walk charity.

We had to radically rethink our original plan to walk Hadrian’s Wall, which was all booked for May 2020, when Covid-19 struck. Instead, we walked the 84 miles in the same number of days locally, enjoying some of the beautiful Somerset countryside.

3) What made you start fundraising for Veterans With Dogs?

I belong to Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club, and at our AGM in 2019 our President Pat Castell suggested VWD as our charity for the coming two years. We have continued our support for a third year as the pandemic has so limited our fundraising opportunities.

4) What has been the most rewarding thing whilst fundraising for our charity?

The best thing ever has been meeting Chrissie. She gave a moving and inspiring talk at one of our club evening events.

5) What has been the most challenging thing about fundraising for our charity?

For me the most challenging thing was getting to grips with some new technology – I’m hopeless! That and walking on a huge blood blister for 3 continuous days!

6) Do you have any advice for anyone who wishes to fundraise for our charity in future?

Most people seem to prefer to donate online, and there are various choices you can make for this. But you will still need a paper form up your sleeve for those who prefer to give cash or a cheque.

I think the pandemic and the restrictions on our lives have taught us much about mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression and loss of confidence. When I’m planning fundraising for VWD I keep mindful of the lovely people they help, and the wonderful dogs who give their unconditional love and support.

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Would you like to be a fundraising champion like Jane?

Please get in touch or visit our website and join the team!

         

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