By Steven Ashton, Founder of the Treo DM Memorial Fund:

When I was at home on the computer, I happened to come across a website called Flickr which showed photographs of our armed forces in Afghanistan. There was one in particular I took an interest in and this was Dave Heyhoe and his dog Treo, because they came from Cheshire and so do I. Dave and Treo had an amazing bond and in particular found one the largest Daisy Chain Explosives ever laid in Afghanistan, which in turn saved many, many lives, both Army and civilian. In 2010 Treo was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. I followed them when I could and when Dave retired from the Army, Treo did too and they both went home to Congleton.

Dave Heyhoe then wrote a book about Treo and their experiences together in Afghanistan, the book is called “It’s All About Treo”. I had already became friends with Dave on Facebook and after buying the book, I had the privilege of meeting Dave and Treo and Dave signed my book. I was delighted and got to spend some time playing with Treo and his favourite toy – a tennis ball. Sadly Treo passed away on 24 October 2015 at home in his Dad’s arms. I asked Dave and his wife, if I could set up a Memorial Fund to have a Statue made and placed in Congleton. They were both delighted and I set up the Fund on the 26 October 2015. I have had some very large donations from the public and friends and family of both Dave and Myself and every donation is gratefully received and I always reply. There are various Dog Shows that are going to be taking place of which Stockport is one and a Boxing Event too. From Australia, there is a panting on it’s way to be auctioned by Sothebys. If anyone wishes to donate via ‘gofundme’ then please donate here.  Also there is a Memorial page for Treo on Facebook where I post various little poems and photographs.

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