Declan's story

Declan is ten years old and lives with his Mum, Dad, twin brother, little sister and Sophie, his buddy dog.

Declan and his brother were born very premature leaving both twins with low muscle tone as well as resulting in Declan losing all his sight by the time he was nine months old.

Buddy dog, Sophie, joined Declan and his family in 2012 and the family now can’t imagine life without her. Sophie not only provides companionship and a form of independence for Declan, but by going out on walks, she also gives Declan the chance to strengthen his muscles, get to know his local area as well as practice using long cane skills.