Today we had the immense privilege and pleasure of meeting Lorna Marsh, and her amazing Canine Partner Eli. Lorna suffers from Cerebral palsy and is Quadriplegic, and we were visiting to see how much of an impact having a Canine Partner has made to Lorna's life.
Having already filmed at the CPI headquarters a week ago, we ought to have been well prepared for what we were going to film today. Not so. We were simply blown away by what a help Eli is every day to Lorna, doing everything from opening and closing doors, retrieving dropped items, helping to remove Lorna's jacket, flushing the toilet and even clearing up his own dinner bowl.
Lorna was a natural in front of the camera, and thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating the wide range of skills Eli has whilst explaining how he instills a very strong sense of independence in her.
We will bring you Lorna's story in the May 2012 issue.