Ian Dixon was among runners taking part in the half marathon to represent the UK's first sensory animal therapy centre for autistic children.

Ian, the Director of HugglePets CIC, was taking part in the race to spread the word about the brand new facility in Cooper Street, Wolverhampton.

The team have raised over £96,000 to build a community aquarium and sensory play classroom to help children with autism, mental health issues and sensory disabilities.

Ian said: "We're the first of our kind in the country, we want to run animal therapy sessions for youngsters.

"We hope to help children and their families in our community as well as those all the way from Stoke on Trent to the East Midlands."

HugglePets received a total of £96,699 from 72 backers including local businesses.


As well as the new centre, there is also an onsite pet shop and pet groomers.

All profits made from the grooming business are reinvested into the community to help support future projects.