Plucky Sheffield pensioners’ show of support for help dogs

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WITH a combined age of 161, this pair of pensioners could be forgiven for spending their days taking it easy.

But the dynamic duo are out to prove age is no barrier when it comes to raising cash for charity.

Hilda Clayton, aged 75 and 86-year-old Graham Bell have both taken on huge challenges for Sheffield’s Support Dogs, which trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities from its base in Brightside Lane.

Hilda, of Walkley, will leap from a plane at 20,000ft, while keen runner Graham will be the oldest participant donning his running shoes for the Great Yorkshire Run next month.

Support Dogs volunteer Hilda will join a team from the charity when she takes part in the skydive on Saturday, August 25.

The group hopes to reach its fundraising target of £12,000 in sponsorship.

Hilda said: “I am really excited at the idea, but If I get an attack of nerves I shall just think about these dogs.

“They make such a difference to the quality of life for anyone with a disability.

“I just want to do anything I can to help.”

Meanwhile, former steel worker and war veteran Graham, of Handsworth, is preparing for his third Great Yorkshire Run.

Graham, who was made an MBE for his fundraising in 2005, said: “Support Dogs is the only Yorkshire-based assistance dog charity bringing independence, self-esteem and improved quality of life to families and communities whose lives are restricted by physical disabilities.”

To sponsor Hilda, visit the website and to support Graham, log on to