MEMBERS of the armed forces and emergency services joined together for the launch of a unique charity.
Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, from Clanfield, was at Jollyes pet store, in Waterlooville, where staff presented a cheque for more than £3,500 to Hounds For Heroes.
Mr Parton, who relies on assistance dog EJ, will train assistance dogs for service personnel. Also joining Mr Parton were Jenny and Robin Hollington, parents of Marine Richard Hollington who became the 300th serviceman killed after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan.
The Royal Marines Association is raising money to name one of the dogs Yomper Richie after their son.
Mr Hollington said: ‘It’s fantastic and we do feel very touched by it. Unlike Help For Heroes, there is no time cut off with this.
‘Whether you were injured in the first Gulf War or Afghanistan you will be able to apply for an assistance dog.’
Staff at Jollyes have named one of the first dogs Colonel.
Go to houndsforheroes.com.