Marathon Runner raises £1,000 for Canine Partners

Callum and Susan Aitken at the Brighton marathon on April 14
Callum and Susan Aitken at the Brighton marathon on April 14
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A RUNNER from Billingshurst has raised £1,000 for a charity which provides trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Callum Aitken, 32, raised the money for Canine Partners, by running the Brighton Marathon in April.

This was the first marathon Callum had competed in and he trained hard to complete it in just over five hours.

Callum said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the Brighton Marathon and am glad I could raise funds for such a worthy cause.

“We recently saw a Canine Partners demonstration team in action and were blown away by the tasks they could do such as getting money from a cashpoint.”

The funds raised will help people such as Jessica Loseby, from West Sussex, who suffered a spinal injury as a result of a car accident and received the help of assistance dog, Ayisha (Ash) in 2008.

Jessica said: “Ash has fundamentally changed my life and that of my family. My body has continued on its path of mutiny. I have lost the use of my wrists, am in constant chronic pain and am now in an electric chair and cannot drive.

“However, I remain happy, healthy and whole because of a dog that quite frankly looks like a rug on legs! She helps me dress and undress, I am back to super mum but now with the wonder-dog who helps me with everything from the school run to the shopping.”

Canine Partners is always looking for volunteers and fundraisers from the local community. For further information call 08456 580480 or visit

Contributed by Canine Partners