Warship to help raise Hounds for Heroes cash

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SAILORS from HMS Illustrious are aiming to buy a specially-trained dog to improve the quality of life of an injured serviceman or woman.

A team from the Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier have launched a campaign to raise £5,000 to sponsor a dog for the Petersfield-based charity Hounds for Heroes.

The cash will pay for a puppy to be trained as an assistance dog for an injured or disabled service man or woman to help enhance their quality of life.

Lieutenant Andy Dowling, strike operations officer on Illustrious, who is heading up the fundraising initiative, said the idea of working with Hounds for Heroes came from his experience working with a New Zealand assistance dogs charity during a recent exchange posting.

He said: ‘We’re delighted here on HMS Illustrious to be able to contribute towards a charity that has such resonance with us as members of the armed forces.’

The team kicked off fundraising recently with a Burns Night supper and plan a series of physical challenges this year.