This is Rigby the dog, and this is his story.
Rigby the toy dog is inspired by one the Legion’s beneficiaries – specifically the story between 13 year old Jake and an Autism Assistance Dog called Rigby.
Simon Gill and his wife Jo both served in the Royal Military Police and have two sons, Ben 15 and Jake 13, who is autistic. The family discovered that dogs who are trained to provide safety and companionship, could help bring independence and a more socially inclusive life to children with autism.
They contacted the Legion who helped to pay and train a puppy. That’s when Rigby joined the family.
Simon said: “Jake’s confidence has grown a lot since he first met Rigby. Jake absolutely loves spending time with him. Rigby has made such a huge difference to our lives and has had a massive impact on Jake - they have a very strong bond and we look forward to sharing many more happy family times together.”
To celebrate this amazing story, and help raise funds for the Royal British Legion, The Poppy Shop is now giving everyone the chance to own their very own Rigby.
Find out more about how Rigby supports Jake here.
Recommended for children over 12 months. Length 30 cm. Hand wash only.