Foresters Friendly Society names Canine Partners as new charity for 2016/2017

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Foresters Friendly Society, the Southampton-based member-owned mutual society, today announces that from 13th June 2016 Canine Partners will be the chosen charity for the Society's annual President's Appeal. Each year members of the Society raise money through the Foresters branch network which organises fundraising events and other initiatives to support the annual appeal.

Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration.

More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The Charity is working in partnership with Help for Heroes, and aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.

The new President of Foresters Friendly Society, Glyn Carpenter said: "Canine Partners is a wonderful young charity that does a lot of great work to help those with disabilities. Their assistance dogs help their partners with day to day tasks that would otherwise be extremely difficult, and give companionship and confidence, too. Foresters Friendly Society is a mutual organisation and the notion of partnerships, mutuality and assistance are very important to me and to our members. I am delighted to be working with a charity that shares these values and makes them happen in such an inspiring way."

Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Canine Partners, Anne Yendell said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity for the Foresters Friendly Society annual President’s Appeal. We know that Foresters members and staff are dedicated to supporting charitable causes and engaging with the local community and we’re looking forward to working with them over the coming year.”

For more details on the charitable work of Foresters Friendly Society visit www.forestersfriendlysociety.co.uk/foresters-annual-charity

For more information about Canine Partners go to www.caninepartners.org.uk