Purpose of Media Release: To announce the launch of the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’, a Fundraiser Event to raise money to train Mental Health Assistance Dogs, on July 23rd 2016

Media Release

Headline: Guides for the Mind Get Barking Launch Event on 23 July

Can you imagine being panic-stricken at the thought of leaving home - or having electrifying nerve pain - or being plagued by suicidal thoughts and petrified that you might not be here tomorrow?

That was Lise Marron following an assaulted in 2002, who still suffers electrifying nerve pain and mental health disabilities due to the injuries she sustained.

So, she trained her dog, Daithí, to walk by her right side, blocking anyone from accidently touching her, which would aggravate her pain. He is also trained to seek her attention and help her refocus on the present when she is distressed by suicidal thoughts or traumatic memories.

Capable Creatures was formed by Lise and Janet Bache, both from Southampton, in Hampshire. They are holding a Launch Event for the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’, to raise funds to train Mental Health Assistance Dogs, or what Lise has coined ‘Guides for the Mind’.

The Mayor, Cllr. Cathie McEwing, will arrive at 12 noon to launch the Let’s Bark Challenge Fundraiser, with the premiere of the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’ Video, and then being the first to take the Let’s Bark Challenge, by barking. This will be followed by everyone else taking the Challenge, uploading it onto social media and nominating someone not at the event to take the challenge and donate.

The event takes place on the 23rd of July, from 11.30am to 2pm, in the Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH. You are invited to come along and join in the fun. Donations will be taken on the door.

These specially trained dogs will enable people with Mental Health Disabilities, in Southampton and surrounding areas, to manage their conditions and participate in everyday activities. They plan to roll out this service on a larger scale in the future.

These dogs are not to be confused with Emotional Support Dogs or PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dogs. ‘Guides for the Mind’ Assistance Dogs are trained to undertake specific tasks. This training costs money. You can find details about trainable tasks to assist people with Mental Health Disabilities at www. capablecreatures.org/capcre/index.php/what-we-do/guides-for-mind-assistance-tasks

Even, if you are not able to show your support at the Launch Event, on the 23rd July, you can still take the ‘Let’s Bark Challenge’ and donate at mydonate.bt.com/events/letsbarkchallenge or by contacting Lise Marron on 023 80559163 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1 in 4 people experience a Mental Health Condition each year, so it could be any one of us needing a trained ‘Guides for the Mind’ Assistance Dog. You can donate at any time by going to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/capablecreaturesguidesforthemind 

For more information please visit www.capablecreatures.org or you can like Capable Creatures on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capablecreatures or follow them on Twitter @Guides4DMind.