Expectations exceeded at Titchfield coffee morning

Volunteer Alison Bailey with demonstration dog Yarna, the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham Mike and Anne Ford, Sharon Noble and volunteer puppy parents Tim and Christine Seward    Picture: Kirsty Reed

Volunteer Alison Bailey with demonstration dog Yarna, the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham Mike and Anne Ford, Sharon Noble and volunteer puppy parents Tim and Christine Seward Picture: Kirsty Reed

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Volunteers from Canine Partners were overwhelmed by the amount of money raised by a coffee morning in Fareham recently.

More than 150 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham, Mike and Anne Ford, enjoyed festivities and raised more than £1,200 at a Christmas coffee morning held by the charity’s Fareham Support Group.

Canine Partners, an organisation which trains dogs to assist people with disabilities, held the event on December 9 at Titchfield Community Centre.

The charity has a puppy training group in Fareham where local volunteers take the puppies into their homes to begin their training as assistance dogs.

Attendees browsed numerous Christmas stalls, while having the opportunity to purchase refreshments and meet some of the charity’s dogs, raising £1,277.70.

The Fareham Support Group also received a generous donation of £200 from Asda in Fareham’s Community Champion scheme.

Chris Seward, volunteer at Canine Partners and organiser of the event, said: ‘We are totally overwhelmed by the support and the number of people who came to our Christmas coffee morning and we thank the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham for attending.

‘It was great to raise awareness of Canine Partners and of our Fareham Support Group in the charity’s 25th anniversary year, both of which we hope to build on in 2016.

‘All the money raised will help transform the lives of even more people with physical disabilities in the future.’

Canine Partners relies solely on donations and legacies, and is dedicated to transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities by training amazing dogs to help with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible.

These include opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons, and emergency response. The dogs also increase independence and confidence, and provide companionship.

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