Party for canine heroes will mark charity’s anniversary

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AN ORGANISATION that helps train dogs to aid people with disabilities is hosting an anniversary celebration in the run-up to Christmas.

Canine Partners is hosting a Christmas coffee morning at Titchfield Community Centre on Wednesday, December 9 from 10am to midday.

The coffee morning will mark the group’s 25th anniversary.

Canine Partners puppy trainer Elaine Potter said there would be a raffle, Christmas gift sale and puppies for guests to meet.

Ms Potter said: ‘We hope it will be a fantastic event to help get you into the Christmas spirit, while giving much-needed support to people with disabilities during the charity’s 25th anniversary year.

‘Some of our canine puppies in training will be there, tails wagging ready to say hello.’

Canine Partners helps people with disabilities to become independent through bonding with dogs and help them with situations they would otherwise struggle with.

Canine Partners communications officer Laura Molyneaux said: ‘The types of dogs we use at the centre include labradoodles, golden retrievers, and black and golden Labradors.

‘Dogs are useful companions because they help with tasks that would otherwise seem painful and impossible to do.

‘If a person has a problem the dogs can raise an alarm and fetch help, while they can also assist with reaching the top shelves in supermarkets, pressing buttons, and opening doors.’

David Filmer, a resident from Fareham, suffers from congenital paraplegia.

He relies on his dog Zack to assist with his needs.

Mr Filmer said: ‘Before I got Zack, I used to have low patches on a regular basis, but now I rarely get them.

‘Besides, I know Zack will cheer me up in any way – he’s always so playful and cheeky, you could never stay sad in his company for long.’

Tickets for the event are £3, with coffee and cake included. For further information, contact Chris Seward on 01329 668516, or e-­mail sewardc@virginmedia.com.