Wendy is a 53 year-old social worker for Hull City Council who lives in Hull with her partner, Pete. Wendy has muscular dystrophy, a genetic muscle-wasting condition that over time leads to an increasing level of physical disability.
Says Wendy: “My journey since my initial diagnosis at the age of 14 has not been easy, and as the condition has progressed it has eroded my independence.”
Wendy uses a wheelchair and is supported by carers for dayto-day living. Wendy also has a Canine Partners assistance dog called Connor, a Labrador Retriever cross. Connor helps Wendy with such tasks as putting washing in/out of the washing machine, pressing buttons and opening doors.
Wendy has always enjoyed travel and work as it gives her independence. A former lecturer at the University of Lincolnshire, Wendy has been employed by Hull City Council for 11 years and leads a busy life. Wendy works three days a week with adults who need support to live their life, as well
as looking after her grandson every Thursday.