Annual Charity Appeal: Canine Partners & Forester the Puppy!
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Each year our President chooses the focus for our Annual Charity Appeal, and for 2016/2017 the Society’s President Glyn Carpenter has selected Canine Partners.
Throughout the year our members will be running initiatives and taking part in events across the country to help raise funds and awareness for this important charity. Plus we have sponsored our very own canine partner - Forester the puppy!
Find out more about Forester and the work Canine Partners do, and how you can help fundraise this year.
Canine Partners – Amazing Dogs. Transforming Lives
Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with physical disabilities, helping them to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is of the utmost importance. Over the past 25 years the Charity has provided over 608 trained dogs to help disabled people gain more independence in everyday life.
More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair
A significant number of wheelchair users would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s lifestyle and needs, no matter how demanding. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.
Canine Partners aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including civilians and members of HM Armed Forces.
It takes approximately 18 months to train a canine partner
There are 15 puppy training satellites across the UK where the pups are looked after by volunteers under the guidance of a Canine Partners’ trainer, during which time they learn obedience and some basic core tasks. When the pups are around 14-16 months old they come into one of the Charity’s training centres in West Sussex or Leicestershire for 15 weeks to learn the advanced task work and to be matched with their future partner. When out in the real world and after their two week on site training course at either training centre, each partnership has regular visits from the Charity’s aftercare assistants and support and advice is available 24 hours a day.
These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including a greater feeling of independence and confidence as well as an increase in motivation and self-esteem.
A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.
For more information on Canine Partners please visit www.caninepartners.org.uk.
Forester, our own sponsored canine partner
Forester was born on 4th May 2016 and is a male Labrador cross golden retriever. He is now living with his puppy parents in Fareham and once he has had all his injections, he will start to attend regular training classes at the Fareham training satellite.
How can you get involved and support Canine Partners?
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.
As Canine Partners receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations they depend on organisations such as Foresters Friendly Society supporting them.
Over the next year we will be holding several events in aid of Canine Partners that our members and their friends and family can get involved in, which include:
- National quiz night, which will be held on 12th November 2016
- Sponsored skydive – date to be confirmed
- Charity ball, which will be held in spring 2017
- Plus many local and regional events.
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