Favourite Things: Nurturing a supportive and charitable way of life
Sheffield-born Rita Howson is the chief executive of Support Dogs, a national charity based in Brightside, which trains assistance dogs for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability. She has always worked with animals, taking an animal care course at Shirecliffe College, and joining Support Dogs a year after it was founded in 1992, first as a volunteer, then working her way up from training dogs to running the charity. Rita, aged 49, was born in Gleadless Valley and now lives with her partner in Oughtibridge. She has two grown-up children.