A Thwaite teenager and her four Labradors are to trek 26 miles over two days in a bid to raise funds for a dog rescue charity.
Jade Norman, 17, who is autistic and has learning difficulties, will walk from Debenham to Orford Quay on June 3 and 4, tackling the course via public footpaths with her Labradors Murphy, 12, Havilland, 6, Jared, 5, and Mauno, 2.
My husband and I and her twin brother are just over the moon even attempting thisJules Norman
Funds raised will go to Team Edward, the fundraising arm of East Midlands Labrador Rescue.
Jade’s mother Jules, who herself has volunteered her time transporting Labradors into rescue centres for the past 14 months, says while her daughter’s learning difficulties sometimes make it hard for her to communicate with people, she has developed “an empathy” and communication “on another level” with animals.
“Animals are something Jade has always loved,” she told the Diss Express. “We have always had Labradors in the house and she has grown up with them.
Jade, who helps with her mother’s volunteering at the weekends, is hoping to raise £1,000, and is now more than halfway towards her target.
The Labradors, who will walk legs of the journey, will be decked out in bandanas which Jade is also selling to raise funds, while the teenagers has also been out selling raffle tickets to further boost the coffers.
“I am very proud of her,” Mrs Norman continued.
“She finds most things very difficult to do so this, for her, is a massive challenge.
“My husband and I and her twin brother are just over the moon even attempting this.”
Jade is currently on an animal care course, that will lead to animal management, at West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds. It is her aspiration to become a veterinary nurse.
“We will take her to wherever we can,” added Mrs Norman.
To sponsor Jade, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Jade_Norman
For more information on Team Edward, visit their website at www.team-edward.co.uk
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