Assistance dog charity group launched
Assistance dog charity Canine Partners has launched a community group in north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The group held a launch event and awareness day at Newton Hall, Newton-by-the-Sea, last Wednesday. The event raised more than Â£1,500, which included Â£800 from The Joiners Arms, raised by staff who took part in a Steps challenge.
April Parrish, general manager at The Joiners Arms, is pictured with Dale Gormley, Canine Partners’ community manager Scotland, with volunteer Susan Fulton, from Lowick, with canine partner Esther.
The charity trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people living with disabilities across the UK, boosting their confidence and independence.
The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and retrieving items, opening doors and undressing a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency.
“We were delighted to host this event, it was a lovely afternoon and you could tell from people’s faces that they were genuinely interested to hear what these dogs can do,” says John Parker, General Manager at Newton Hall, who donated the venue and refreshments for the event.
“The staff at our sister venue, The Joiners Arms, raising sufficient money from their ‘step challenge’ to buy a puppy for the charity was the icing on the cake for the event.”
If you would like to find out more about joining The North Northumberland and Scottish Boarders Community Group, please visit caninepartners.org.uk/get-involved or call Marjorie Johnston on 07767 617992.