The Dorset care home where GB para-cyclist Liz Clarke-Saul’s grandparents once lived, hosted a dog show to support her cancer fundraising.
Liz’s grandparents Gordon and Noreen Saul went to live at Colten Care’s Brook View in West Moors near Ferndown in 2010.
Liz and her parents Jeremy and Lesley were regular visitors to the home until Gordon passed away in July 2011 and Noreen in February 2017.
Liz was just 12 when she was diagnosed with the rare bone cancer adamantinoma in 2001.
At the age of 14, following multiple surgeries, she had her leg amputated due to the disease.
Liz went on to become a member of the GB Para-cycling team and had the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in her sights.
But in 2018 she received the terrible news that her cancer had returned and is now incurable.
Defying her prognosis, Liz has gone on to get married and has launched an ambitious fundraising drive for the Bone Cancer Research Trust https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/the-liz-clarke-saul-fund
She is already well on the way to achieving her fundraising target of £20k to fund the UK’s first ever dedicated research into adamantinoma.
Liz, her husband Jack Clarke-Saul, brother Andrew, sister Caroline, brother-in-law Stuart and her parents Jeremy and Lesley Saul attended the Brook View Dog Show, enjoying a host of categories including Waggiest Tail, Best Trick and even Most Slobberiest Dog.
Home manager Tracey Aldin said: “When Liz’s parents contacted us and told us about her fundraising we knew we wanted to help in some way and of course we wanted the residents involved.
“There are so many dog lovers here at Brook View we decided to invite the community in and have a show.”
Tracey continued: “We were thrilled when Liz and her family said they would like to attend. The weather was beautiful and we had all sorts of dogs and their owners come along, all sizes and breeds.
“Some of our residents judged categories. Liz judged one too and much fun was enjoyed by all. We are extremely glad to be able to contribute £500 to Liz’s amazing fundraising.”
Resident Valerie Davis agreed: “It was a most entertaining and well organised day that was much enjoyed by myself and all the residents.”
Liz Clarke-Saul said: “I was delighted that Colten Care hosted a Fun Dog Show at Brook View in support of my fundraising efforts with the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
“Seeing everyone enjoying the event brought back very happy memories of being out in the garden with my grandparents.”
She added: “The whole family had a wonderful afternoon and enjoyed meeting the beautiful dogs and their owners.
“A huge thank you to everyone at Brook View and Colten Care for their hard work in organising such a fantastic event. Your support means a great deal to all of us.”