Sheffield charity supporter Brenda meets her namesake puppy

A woman who has raised almost £30,000 for a charity which trains assistance dogs has had a puppy named after her.

By Rochelle.Barrand1
Saturday, 16th March 2019, 10:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 3:05 pm

Brenda Cupitt, aged 81, from Jordanthorpe, has been a supporter of the Sheffield-based national charity Support Dogs for many years, raising almost £30,000 to support them.

She also has a disability assistance dog trained by the charity, Nelson, who is due to retire next year.

To thank Brenda for supporting them for many years, despite her own ill health, the charity decided to name one of its puppies-in-training after her.

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When the two Brendas finally met they formed an instant bond.

Tracey Moore, a senior Support Dogs’ instructor who is a friend of both Brenda’s, said: “Brenda really enjoyed meeting Brenda the pup. It was lovely to see.

“Little Brenda was really nice and calm, and the two of them sat together having a cuddle for ages.”

Brenda has had a close association with Support Dogs for more than 20 years Two years ago she developed a rare form of cancer and a subsequent chest infection from which she was not expected to recover, but even from her bed in intensive care she wanted to make sure that her annual cheque to the charity was handed over.

Brenda made a full recovery and although frail she is able to live at home, with the support of Nelson, who helps her with household chores around the house, and keeps her safe.

Brenda the puppy is one of number of puppies-in-training with Support Dogs, and is being looked after by puppy socialisers before she embarks on full training at the age of 15 months.

More information from Support Dogs, call 0114 2617800