Hundreds raised for Canine Partners at big beach event at Hill Head

TRAINING Puppies at Canine Partners' new Titchfield site were at the charity's event
TRAINING Puppies at Canine Partners' new Titchfield site were at the charity's event
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The sun came out and hundreds of pounds were raised at the Canine Partners Big Bark on the Beach event.

The event, which took place at Rotary Wheelhouse at Hill Head beach, saw around 100 people enjoy cake and coffee while raising £500 for charity.

Around fifty dogs and puppies of all different shapes and sizes from Canine Partners took part, including guide dogs, hearing dogs and a pet as therapy dog.

The charity helps people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs.

The dogs can assist people who cannot carry out, or find difficult, everyday practical tasks.

The animals can open and close doors, raise alarms and even unload washing machines and tumble driers.

Chris Seward, 65, who has volunteered at the charity for two years, says the day was a great success.

He said: ‘The day was absolutely brilliant and it was a really successful event. The sun came out and everyone, including the dogs, got on really well.’

Chris is also an owner of one of the puppies from the new Titchfield puppy class – where new puppies train to be part of Canine Partners.

Martin Snailes, from West Sussex, attended the Big Bark event with his yellow labrador Keith, who assists him at work at Chichester College where he lectures.

Keith collected litter from the floor and put it in the bin during the course of the day as well as helping Martin in his day-to- day tasks.

Martin, 56, said: ‘The Big Bark event was great as I had an opportunity to share with lots of people the difference that Keith has made to my life.

‘It was lovely to meet new people in my situation as well.’

The Fareham support group of Canine Partners is hosting an open garden at the John Lewis Longstock Water Gardens near Winchester on Sunday, September 20 between 2pm and 5pm.

To find out more about the charity go to caninepartners.org.uk.