We are big dog fans here at the Pandora and we are proud to be sponsoring a Canine Partners fundraising event at Scorrier House on 14th May.
Canine Partners is a marvellous charity that aims to help people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life and, where possible, to help them into education and employment, through the provision of specially trained dogs for the disabled.
More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. Canine Partners tailor their dogs to each applicantâ€™s individual needs, training them 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. They train dogs for the disabled with even the most complex conditions including members of HM Armed Forces.
These life-transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.
Canine Partners receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations. Although based in West Sussex, it covers all of mainland UK, with Puppywalking Satellites and support groups in various regions.
You can find out more about Canine Partners on their website, and can donate to them online. We think it is an extremely worthwhile charity and hope you will join us in giving them support.