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Reading to dogs transformed life of boy with dyslexia
A Dogs Helping Kids scheme in North Devon, which aims to help children learn to read by practising aloud with dogs, has transformed the life of a boy with dyslexia. Aged nine, Finn Swanson was diagnosed as having dyslexic traits last year, and was a reluctant reader, which was impacting on his progress and confidence.
However, since he began reading to Dexter, a shih tzu/poodle cross, and Kym, a cavalier King Charles/poodle cross, Finn's teachers have seen a transformation in him. Special educational needs co-ordinator, Naomi Jeffries, says: "He's a completely different child."
Dogs Trust wins £1,000
Dogs Trust has been given £1,000 after it came second in a vote to award UK charities with some much-needed funds.
The money comes as part of a nation-wide campaign, called Big Break, run by Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd - the organisation behind Direct Debit.
Each month from March to June, Bacs is setting aside £5,000.
It is awarding the most voted-for charity £2,000, the runner-up £1,000 and sharing the last £2,000 out among other charities.
Click here to find out more and vote for this month's winners.