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Saturday Night Takeaway winner left devastated as paralysed dog is BANNED from family holiday she won on the show: ‘This is effectively discrimination against my disabled dog’


Tammy Fox has been left devastated after her paralysed dog Pumpkin was banned from a ­family holiday she won on Ant & Dec‘s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The charity boss, 43, who runs Pumpkin and Friends to raise awareness of disabled animals, appeared in the show’s live audience with 410 other volunteers in February.

And it seemed her dream had come true, as every guest was gifted a dream getaway for four to kick off the new and final series of the ITV show. 

However Tammy has now revealed she has had to cancel as TUI say her paraplegic West Highland Terrier, two, can not travel because she is not an assistance dog.

Despite offering to closely mind Pumpkin, who uses a special buggy with wheels and has no bladder control, the travel company still said no.

Saturday Night Takeaway winner Tammy Fox has been left devastated as her paralysed dog Pumpkin is BANNED from a family holiday she won on the show in February

Saturday Night Takeaway winner Tammy Fox has been left devastated as her paralysed dog Pumpkin is BANNED from a family holiday she won on the show in February 

The charity boss, 43, who runs Pumpkin and Friends to raise awareness of disabled animals, appeared in the show's live audience with 410 other volunteers in February

The charity boss, 43, who runs Pumpkin and Friends to raise awareness of disabled animals, appeared in the show’s live audience with 410 other volunteers in February

Tammy told The Sun‘I’m angry. This is effectively discrimination against my disabled dog.

‘We wouldn’t have the holiday if it wasn’t for Pumpkin so it’s only right that she comes.’

She added: ‘We’re all devastated after being given a prize only for our dreams to be snatched away from us. We had such a good time on the show but it’s all been spoilt.’

TUI told The Sun: ‘We appreciate she is disappointed. Sadly, UK airline policies prohibit non- assistance dogs travelling in an aeroplane cabin.

‘We’re tied to terms and conditions and policies around the prize, but we’re in touch with her team about other ways we might be able to support the charity as a gesture of goodwill.’

MailOnline have contacted ITV for comment. 

Tammy also took to Instagram as she filled her followers in on the disappointment, as she wrote: ‘Tui won’t allow us to take Pumpkin on our Saturday night Takeaway Holiday’. 

She then explained that the show contacted her husband Richard last August, as Tammy had been nominated to be an audience member on her show, unbeknownst to her. 

Pumpkin, who is a paraplegic West Highland Terrier and uses a special buggy with wheels and has no bladder control, has been told she can't travel as she isn't an assistance dog

Pumpkin, who is a paraplegic West Highland Terrier and uses a special buggy with wheels and has no bladder control, has been told she can’t travel as she isn’t an assistance dog 

Tammy told The Sun : 'I'm angry. This is effectively discrimination against my disabled dog'

She added: 'We're all devastated after being given a prize only for our dreams to be snatched away from us. We had such a good time on the show but it's all been spoilt'

Tammy told The Sun : ‘I’m angry. This is effectively discrimination against my disabled dog’

Tammy also took to Instagram as she filled her followers in on the disappointment, as she wrote: 'Tui won't allow us to take Pumpkin on our Saturday night Takeaway Holiday'

Tammy also took to Instagram as she filled her followers in on the disappointment, as she wrote: ‘Tui won’t allow us to take Pumpkin on our Saturday night Takeaway Holiday’

After a zoom call they told her they wanted to interview her for a new animal charity documentary they were producing.

She wrote: ‘As a family, we were so excited- what could this be? How amazing for our charity ‘Pumpkin and friends’ to have a show on itv.’ 

After not hearing anything for months, Tammy forgot about it, however the show were still in contact with Richard and invited him and Tammy to the launch of the final series back in February. 

The couple travelled with Pumpkin to London, as she continued: ‘We arrived in London, the Kensington Hilton. Pumpkin whizzed around the hotel, enjoying the attention.

‘The secret was out, Richard told me everything. We were in London to watch Ant & Dec’s Saturday night Takeaway- I was completely shocked. How exciting’. 

Having a blast on the show she continued: ‘During the show Ant and Dec showed an old photograph of me with a perm, back in the 90’s. How embarrassing, but it made me laugh. 

‘They mentioned me a few times throughout the show, the whole experience was so surreal- I was completely in shock.

‘The big surprise Inc for Richard was that the entire live audience had won a Takeaway getaway. 411 people had won an all inclusive holiday with Tui- for 4 people including excursions! 40 destinations.

People in the comments sympathised with Tammy as they urged TUI or Saturday Night Takeaway to help

People in the comments sympathised with Tammy as they urged TUI or Saturday Night Takeaway to help 

‘Richard and myself looked at each other and both said “What about Pumpkin?”‘

While Tammy assured her followers that Ant and Dec and the crew were lovely she has been left so disappointed that Pumpkin cannot come on this trip.  

She pleaded: ‘@tuiuk @antanddec @itvtakeaway @itv we as a family are exhausted. We don’t want to fight, it’s not about us going on holiday anymore. We want to donate our holiday to @pumpkinandfriendscharity to raise funds to help more disabled animals like Pumpkin.’ 

People in the comments sympathised with Tammy as they wrote: ‘This is such sad news. You, Richard and your children deserve a holiday and TUI should honour their commitment and provide a holiday for the four of you and Miss Pumpkin.’

‘Aww this is do upsetting. I don’t see why they won’t allow Pumpkin in the plane’; ‘Come on Tui, get your act together, Pumpkin and her lovely family deserve so much better than this’; ‘Oh I’m so sad reading that you can’t take gorgeous Pumpkin on your holiday – she is family and you all deserve to be on this family trip together’.



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