Autism Assistance Dog for Tristan

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We are raising money through Tree of Hope - a registered charity - to fund an Autism Assistance Dog for Tristan. We're really lucky to have been accepted onto the brilliant Supporting Paws scheme which trains a Labrador from 8 weeks of age specifically to meet Tristan's needs and help him do the things he can find so difficult. Training lasts for a year and covers everything from obedience to specific interventions tailored to Tristan's needs.

Our story

Tristan is autistic and has ADHD; this means he struggles with emotional and sensory regulation, has very high levels of anxiety and difficulties developing positive peer relationships which can lead to reduced confidence and self-esteem, ultimately leading to disengagement with meaningful participation.

So Tristan finds it challenging and scary doing everyday things like going to school or getting out and about. He often would rather not leave the house and can have frequent meltdowns. 

An Autism Assistance dog will be a consistent, calming companion to Tristan during the anxious times and give him the confidence to do some of the things he finds so tough. The dog will also be a gateway to better social interaction with other children as it provides a safe way to ice break and interact.

We hope you can help us achieve Tristan’s dream of getting an Autism Assistance Dog with the help of The Tree of Hope & Supporting Paws CIC. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our story & really do hope you can help us in any way you can, thank you.

You will be able to follow the dog's training journey on the Supporting Paws website or follow them on facebook @assistancesupportingpaws

7.5% of all donations to Tree of Hope in relation to this appeal will be allocated to the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope to cover their core operating costs.

If we raise insufficient funds, or surplus funds, then the funds will be used, if appropriate, to fund support for our child's needs in accordance with Tree of Hope's charitable objectives, then any funds that cannot be used will be transferred to be used for the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope. For more information on Tree of Hope please visit:

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