Holly’s legacy lives on in hugs for other K9s

Lesley Winton and Holly
Lesley Winton and Holly

Author and charity worker Lesley Winton is a huge animal lover but has a special affinity with dogs, which has shaped her life.

Her own rescue dog, a black Labrador named Holly, came into Lesley’s life when she was at her lowest ebb.

They became inseparable companions but, sadly, Holly passed away in 2013.

Lesley will be attending the Advent Fayre in Linlithgow later this month to sign copies of her book ‘Holly - The Mahogany Girl’.

A third of the profits from the book sales will be donated to three animal and children’s welfare charities.

The fostering compassion programme is a unique and highly acclaimed project working with vulnerable and at risk children through animal and nature related workshops.

Holly’s Hugs raises funds to send boxes of treats and toys to shelters for special needs dogs, as well as dogs working in, and rescued from, warzones.

Goody boxes of treats have been sent to the K9 Unit and Royal Military Police Dogs section working in Afghanistan.

The value of these donations was reflected in messages from the vets at Camp Bastion, one of which read: “It’s great what you’re doing for our dogs – the toys and treats are gratefully appreciated because we cannot get them over here.”

Lesley is free to meet at the Fayre on Saturday, November 29 and will gladly sign books.

More information on the work of the charities is also available.