Annual Charity Appeal

Our Annual Charity Appeal focuses the fundraising efforts of our members throughout the UK to one chosen charity each year as part of our commitment to social responsibility.

Supporting charitable causes and getting involved in community activities is an essential part of the Society's work. Our values as a mutual organisation provide us with a platform upon which we can give something back to the wider community.

Each year the Society’s President nominates a charity of their choice for the Annual Charity Appeal.  The Society’s President’s annual charity appeal provides a national focus for the fundraising efforts of our members and complements the many local charities that our branches and Areas support.  Our 2016/2017 charity, chosen by our President Glyn Carpenter, is Canine Partners.

Canine Partners

Canine Partners

Canine Partners is a registered charity that helps to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Their amazing dogs bring a greater independence and better quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks. The dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.

Canine Partners don’t receive any government funding and rely solely on donations from the public and legacies to help them continue their life-transforming work.

For more information about Canine Partners and their work please visit their website.

The latest is of Canine Partners' magazine, Let's Go, is packed with information about the Charity, plus some heartwarming partnership stories.  You can read the latest edition here.

What we're doing to support Canine Partners

Fundraising - Foresters members and staff will be taking part in many exciting fundraising initiatives and events throughout the year including:

  • A sky dive, which will take place in Spring 2017.
  • A national quiz, which will take place on 12th November 2016.
  • Doggy dinners, where members are encouraged to get together with friends and family for a simple supper and donate the cost of a restaurant meal to Canine Partners.

There are a selection of events being organised by members throughout the UK to raise funds for Canine Partners, including a Charity Ball in spring 2017 and a Gala Dinner at the 2017 Annual General Meeting being held next June.

Meet Forester 

Forester - Canine PartnersForester is a new recruit to the Canine Partners training programme and is being sponsored by Foresters Friendly Society. 

Forester is currently living with his puppy parents and in the first stages of his training will learn all about how to be a well-mannered and calm young dog. He will be continually assessed to ensure that he has the right temperament for the very important working life that we all hope he has ahead of him. 

In total, the appeal will need to raise £20,000 to support Forester throughout his training and his life as a Canine Partner, all the way through from his first day in training to retirement.   


Total raised so far

Total Thermometer 10k

So far the appeal has raised over £10,000. This is thanks to several different initiatives including selling Canine Partners merchandise, dress down Fridays at Head Office and through the sale of Canine Partners inspired jewellery. This amount has now paid for the first two stages of creating a canine partnership. The first stage is puppy selection and training and the second stage is advanced dog training.

For more details on the stages of the partnership programme please click here.

Find out more and get involved

For more information about the above events please contact the Foresters branch helpdesk on 0800 101 8310.

You can also visit the Foresters Friendly Society’s online fundraising page to make a donation, or you can donate by texting WOOF17 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

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Canine Partners, registered charity in England and Wales (803680) and Scotland (SC039050). 
A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales company number 2516146. Registered office: Mill Lane, Heyshott, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0ED.

Previously supported charities

 Year                                         Charity                      Amount raised                     
 2015/2016   Alzheimer’s Research UK  Over £80,000
 2014/2015  Sense UK  Over £55,000
 2013/2014  Barnardo's Children's Charity  Over £88,000
 2012/2013  Macmillan Cancer Support  Nearly £60,000
 2011/2012  Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as part of the appeal for Guide Dogs ‎  £100,000
 2010/2011  Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)  Nearly £70,000
 2009/2010  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society  £65,000
 2008/2009  Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association  Nearly £60,000
 2007/2008  CLIC Sargent  £47,000