Our Charities for 2021

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NAKED PEAK CHARITIES 2021 This year we have selected the following charities to support: The Isla Rose Foundation – After a wonderful pregnancy, Isla was born on the 30th of September 2018. When Isla was 5 days old, I noticed her hands twitch side to side and her eyes went up slightly! I told people and everyone told me it was normal newborn tremors, but I felt something was wrong so I took her to the hospital. We stayed there for four days and they couldn’t find anything wrong. We would have an eeg in late November and sent us home! A few days later I noticed the movements again and this time we went to Alder Hey instead. We ended up staying there for 6 weeks while they did multiple tests including MRI, MRS, IVS, three lumbar punctures, sedation and EEG’s. When the tests confirmed we were told the devastating news of a diagnosis of nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) and I felt like I’d been shot I couldn’t breathe. Non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) is a rare, genetic, metabolic disorder caused by a defect in the GLDC or AMT gene code which affects the enzyme system that breaks down the amino acid glycine, resulting in an accumulation of glycine in the body’s tissues and fluids. NKH typically presents in the first week of life with low muscle tone, lethargy, seizures, coma, and apnea requiring ventilator support. NKH is caused by genetic variants (mutations) in the genes that encode the components of the glycine cleavage enzyme system. The incidence of NKH is predicted to be approximately 1:76,000. NKH can occur in individuals of any ancestry. There are approximately 500 children with NKH worldwide. website: www.islarosefoundation.com   Dogs4Rescue – Dogs4Rescue is a unique, independent dog rescue in a semi-rural part of Manchester where the dogs live together in a kennel free environment run by us, Emma Billington and Louise Fields.  The dogs spend their days getting all the exercise, socialisation, stimulation, love, and care that they need whilst waiting for their forever homes. They are free, happy and sleep in warm beds at night, completely unaware they are homeless dogs. The dogs here live with us alongside our goats, sheep, hens, pigs, cats, turkeys and more. As vegans, we respect all animal life the same. Our aim is to challenge the perception many people hold towards rescue dogs and other animals and to revolutionise the way dog rescues operate. Rescue dogs are often unfairly labelled as ‘damaged goods. Many prospective adopters worry that rescue dogs are feral, undisciplined, and destructive. They are convinced that street dogs will not be able to adapt to a domestic environment and will be impossible to house train. This is simply not true and in fact, the opposite is what people find as street dogs make great family pets. They have a healthy respect towards other pack members and an almost innate understanding of their position in the pack. Rescue dogs seem to be forever grateful for the change in fortune that has brought them into a home. They know how lucky they are and their joy for life is catching! website: www.dogs4rescue.com   The Man That Rescues Dogs – Michael J. Baines is the President and Co-Founder on The Man That Rescues Dogs.  He is a Swedish entrepreneur who moved to Thailand and opened his restaurant in Bangsaen, Chonburi, Thailand, in 2002.  From the very beginning, every day he would find many stray dogs on the streets, most of them in a very poor condition.  He started helping them as much as he could, driving around the city after work to feed and treat them and taking injured dogs to the local vetinary clinic.  In a very short time, he started rescue/rehabilitation and rehoming on his free time away from work.  Since then he has built The Sanctuary up to official Foundation status and is now supported by the local government, with particular help and partnership with Narongchai  Khunpluem, the Mayor of Saensk. The Foundation now has its sights on expanding to take more rescues and modernising its “free to all” clinic to treat and heal dogs.  There will also be extra effort put into education through visits to schools and public spaces as well as allowing graduate vets to join our team in the clinic as interns. website: TMTRD.org   With your help throughout the year hopefully, we can make a difference to these charities.  We will be posting updates on the charities throughout the year.  

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