Elkie The Wonder Dog!

The Swivel Club is proud to announce  that we are currently sponsoring a puppy via Service Dogs Europe, which is being trained to be a Diabetes Alert Dog for  64 year old Rushden man Mr John Shave who has been a Type 1 Diabetic since the age of 18 months. The puppy named Elkie, will be trained to recognize out of range blood sugar levels and alert him by patting his leg before a life-threatening hypo-glycemic attack occurs. This dog, when fully trained, will give much needed peace of mind to the family who are unable to recognize low blood sugar levels which can lead to coma and life-threatening results. The puppy was especially bred to be a sniffer dog and that is very evident in training as she picks the correct saliva sample tin every time.


 Elkie is also being sponsored by ‘The Dogfather’, Graeme Hall who is a regular contributor on Bernie Keith’s BBC Radio Northampton Programme. Graeme’s assistant, Janine Marsh, gives Elkie and John weekly one-to-one training and she is coming on in leaps and bounds. She has her Kennel Club ‘Puppy’ certificate and is now working towards the Kennel Club Bronze Certificate at Rushden Dog Club.                                                                                                           Elkie’s advanced, specialist training will take place with Service Dogs Europe in Ireland when she is 12 months old.



The Swivel Club are pleased to announce that the proceeds from the Marty Wilde event raised £3,000 for Prostate cancer.

Thanking all those that attended to make that a fantastic evening

Walt Recognised!

Our very own Rodney “Walt” Waterfield was recently announced as one of four recipients of the Rushden Mayors Award at Rushden Town Hall. Mayor Richard Lewis presented each of the nominated winners with their awards at the annual event in recognition of the work they have carried out to help the local community.

Walt is pictured below collecting his award along with the other three recipients, click here to read the Northants Telegraphs article on the event.

Well done Walt!!


A wheelchair for Megan

Due to the kind generosity of supporters of the Swivel Club, 5 year old Megan Chettle O’Neill has benefited from the purchase of a much needed specialist car seat and wheelchair.
Megan has a genetic skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – Recessive Dystrophic which is a more severe form of the condition. She has no skin below the knees and both legs have been bandaged from foot to thigh since birth.

Megan New wheelchair
Due to her condition, there are times when Megan finds it difficult to walk due to restricted movement and should she fall, risks tearing her skin. Megan attends Denfield Park Primary School where she receives full time support to enable her to access all aspects of school life. Despite her physical disabilities (which she copes with exceptionally) she is as bright as a button, with a sunny disposition and always has a smile on her face.
The wheelchair and car seat will enable both her mother and the school staff to handle Megan more easily and will have a hugely positive impact on her life from now on. Swivel Club Chairman Colin Wright said: “The purpose of our organisation is to help people like Megan and it is moments like this that we see the benefits of our fundraising. The money provided for the items purchased has hopefully turned Megan’s life around.”