Atherton neighbour of Jade Lomas-Anderson calls for dog-only parks

Royston Brett and Joint Venture

Royston Brett and Joint Venture

First published in News

THE neighbour of a girl mauled to death by a pack of dogs has teamed up with a band to raise money for dog-only parks.

Jade Lomas-Anderson died in March last year after being attacked by the dogs while visiting a friend in Atherton.

Since Jade’s death, her mum Shirley Anderson and stepdad Michael have led a high profile campaign calling for tougher sentences for owners whose dogs attack people.

They have been calling for a change in the law to tighten up the rules governing irresponsible dog owners.

The issue has been raised in the House of Commons by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling.

Now friend and neighbour Royston Brett has teamed up with local band Joint Venture to increase funding and awareness.

The 41-year-old, who has previously cycled from Manchester to London in honour of Jade, said: “Jade was a lovely girl and she is truly missed. We need to keep going to make sure it doesn’t happen again, so another family doesn’t have to go through the heartache that Jade’s family went through.”

The idea of the dog-only parks is to stop children playing around aggressive dogs and to reduce fighting between the animals.

A target has been set to have the first park up and running by the start of next year – but £25,000 needs to be raised.

Band leader Barbara Keith contacted Mr Brett over social networking site LinkedIn, after expressing an interest in doing charity work in Jade’s name.

“It’s a good campaign. I had two almost sleepless nights thinking about it,” she said.

“Not all dogs are dangerous but parents won’t be so worried about their children.

“We don’t know when these things are going to happen, they just happen.”

The first gig is on January 24 at the Old Isaacs pub in Atherton, at 8pm.

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