It was great to be invited to the Rugby4Heroes event recently hosted by a fabulous group of folks raising money for military charities.
We were privileged to be the guests of Tony and Sandi Lewis, founders of 353, a charity that was formed to ‘get busy living’ raising funds for military charities in memory of their son Private Conrad Lewis of the British Parachute Regiment who was killed in action in Helmand Province in 2011. http://353.org.uk
Nowzad and the Lewis family are connected by so much more than our combined passion to make a difference for good in the world from appalling circumstances. Conrad was looking after a stray Afghan dog that he had named Peg whilst on the frontlines in Afghanistan and just days after his tragic death we were called into action by Tony to rescue Peg from the harsh environment of Helmand to travel to a now guaranteed forever home with the Lewis family. It was touch and go at times but after being smuggled onto a military helo to Kabul and a short stay at the Nowzad shelter (alongside our very own Wylie) Peg made it to the safety of Warwick and the Lewis family home.
Tony has even travelled to Kabul as part of a wider BBC trip to visit the country his son paid the ultimate price to serve in. Warning; you will need a tissue http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29795239 and whilst there, Tony took the opportunity to visit the Nowzad Conrad Lewis small animal clinic that we named after his son due the compassion Conrad had shown whilst serving his country in taking the time to befriend and look after, little peg.
We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £10,000 raised by the amazing volunteers at 353 to help us continue our work in reuniting soldiers with the companion animals that have befriended them on the front lines in war zones whilst also promoting animal welfare through our Afghan led Conrad Lewis Small Animal Clinic.
We cannot say thank you enough to all at 353 – thank you so much. Your support is truly appreciated.