24 Oct 2014

Fundraiser Chrissie MacLellan: Why I took on the nuts challenge for Veterans with Dogs

 Chrissie MacLellan

Meet fundraiser Chrissie MacLellan. At the end of August she took on the nuts challenge - a gruelling 14 km run and military-style obstacle course around Swires Farm in Dorking, Surrey - to raise money for Veterans with Dogs.

Because she fundraised with MyDonate, every kilometre ran, tunnel crawled through and wall scaled, counted towards her cause. Every penny she raised will go directly to supporting the charity.

Supporting veterans

Veterans with Dogs is dedicated solely to training and working with dogs to improve the quality of life for ex-forces personnel.

Funds raised by supporters like Chrissie will go towards the charity’s Assistance Dog training programme.

The first of its kind in the UK, it’s designed specifically to support those who have served in the forces and who have been affected by mental health conditions relating to service.

Chrissie has seen first-hand how assistance dogs can support rehabilitation. Her Labrador Fudge accompanied Chrissie’s husband (an ex-serviceman) in the treatment centre for mental health. The impact Fudge had on not only her husband, but the rest of the support group, was remarkable.

Chrissie says: “Fudge ended up being a valuable asset to all the men, enabling them to open up, cuddle her and relax more.”

Why Chrissie thinks MyDonate is great

When we spoke to Chrissie she only had great things to day about MyDonate. She said: “I found MyDonate very easy to use, share and set up. It’s great to be able to produce my own page and easy to attach the page links to my work’s Google+ posts.”

She adds: “The MyDonate button we placed on our website is a great tool - I’ve even put it on Facebook and received some donations.”

Chrissie has some sound advice to share with MyDonate fundraisers: “My tip would be to get the link out to as many people as you can, along with some interesting photos and above all, sell your story.”

Because MyDonate doesn’t charge commission, every extra penny helps the charity. Chrissie explains: “As a fledgling charity, that 2 – 5 per cent in additional money would enable Veterans with Dogs to reach more veterans desperately needing our help. It could help fund a training weekend, or a trip to visit a veteran - it all helps. At present the charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on the goodwill of those who share their beliefs and passion.”

You can donate to the charity’s fundraising page to support their mission

Find out more about how Veterans with dogs is supporting ex-forces personnel

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