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Bbc Radio Solent Make A Difference Awards 2024 FinalistCarol Court, the dedicated CEO of Isle of Wight charity Ability Dogs 4 Young People, has been announced as a finalist for a prestigious BBC Make a Difference Award.

Since the charity’s foundation in April 2012, Carol has played a pivotal role in shaping the development and success of Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW. Through her unwavering dedication, more than 50 specially trained Ability Dogs have enhanced the lives of countless young people with disabilities on the Isle of Wight.

The Ability Dogs provided by the charity offers vital practical and emotional support to children and young adults facing mental and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes, epilepsy and anxiety. Carol and her team meticulously match each dog to the specific needs of each individual on the charity’s ever-growing waiting list, ensuring a tailored and effective support system.

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Carol has been named as 1 of 4 finalists in the Animal Award category. Her finalist status for the BBC Make a Difference Award highlights her remarkable leadership and tireless efforts in making a positive impact on the community.

Carol says:

“I am honoured and humbled to have been selected as one of only four finalists for the BBC Make a Difference Animal Award, one of thirty-two finalists across eight categories. However, I must pass on all the credit to the team who have supported me every step of the way.

“The Volunteers, some of whom have supported from the charity’s formation, give immeasurable time and dedication to support the charity and for that I am eternally grateful. The team work across the charity; with the dogs and puppies, fundraising and raising awareness. A specialist team support the recipients through every step of their journey with their Ability Dog and without them, we would not be able to function.”

A spokesperson for the charity has said:

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“Carol’s nomination for the BBC Make a Difference Award is a testament to her individual dedication and the hard work of the entire team of staff and volunteers at Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW. The charity extends its gratitude to Carol and everyone who supports its mission; to empower the lives of young people living with life-challenging disabilities”.

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Gerrard Maggot
Gerrard Maggot
21 days ago

A no doubt worthy finalist, but sadly no hope of ‘winning’. As the BBC will have to have not the most worthy, but the applicant who ticks the most PC boxes.

So the line up will be the usual Gay, Black, Asian, disabled and anyone truly British caring and normal can never gain enough ‘ticks’ (only from the grass on their pets), to hope to win nowadays

All a Gov pressured thing to include the above to make the ‘once’ unacceptable now acceptable.

Good luck anyway, and lets hope I am wrong as you deserve to win. Thank you for what you do for others.

18 days ago

Well worthy of this, such an amazing woman, well deserved


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