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A CHARITY which provides injured servicemen and women with assistance dogs needs help.

Hounds for Heroes, based in Petersfield, trains dogs from puppies to carry out everyday tasks that men and women injured in the line of duty are unable to perform themselves.

The charity has funding for more puppies to join its ranks but will need puppy parents to give a home to the new pups while they train.

The volunteers will house the puppy, take it to its weekly training session in Petersfield, and continue its basic training at home.

Founder Allen Parton, from Clanfield, is a former Royal Navy sailor who was badly injured in the Gulf War.

It wiped out his memory and left him unable to walk, speak or write.

He spent five years in hospital and managed to overcome his disabilities with the help of his late assistance dog Endal. His current dog is called Endal Junior.

Mr Parton said: ‘Those new to dog ownership will be given plenty of help. The weekly training sessions last two hours.’

To find out more go to houndsforheroes.com or call 01730 823118.