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 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 Big Zip challenge, which will take place in April 2017.
- 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.
Forester 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.
You can read more about Forester’s journey and his progress so far here.
Total raised so far
We are pleased to announce that we have now reached our first target of £20,000, which will support Forester throughout his life as a Canine Partner, from puppy training to retirement – that’s approximately £4.56 a day, over the twelve years. For more details on the partnership programme please click here.
The funds raised are thanks to many different initiatives including the sale of Canine Partners inspired jewellery, numerous raffles and individual donations, selling Canine Partners merchandise and dress down Fridays at Head Office. On Saturday 12 November the first Foresters National Quiz night was held in aid of Canine Partners. Members took part in the quiz in nine locations across the country and the event raised over £1,200 for the appeal.
Our target now is to raise another £20,000, taking our total to £40,000. Fundraising ideas for this new target include a Big Zip challenge, the President's Charity Ball and a sponsored skydive. The money raised will go towards sponsorship of kennels at the new Canine Partners training centre in the West Midlands. To find out more about this project 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.
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