Tea party held to raise cash for assistance dogs

L-R Lesley Meenaghan and Jonathan Waterhouse with Falklands veteran Allen Parton from Hounds for Heroes and Hilary Smith, from Waitrose. The dogs are Cluny, EJ and Rookie.
L-R Lesley Meenaghan and Jonathan Waterhouse with Falklands veteran Allen Parton from Hounds for Heroes and Hilary Smith, from Waitrose. The dogs are Cluny, EJ and Rookie.

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THE CLOCK was turned back for a delightful afternoon tea party.

Lesley Meenaghan and Jonathan Waterhouse put on the event to raise money for the assistance dog charity Hounds for Heroes.

The couple, from Stoke Road, Gosport, laid on tea, cake and sandwiches for friends who dug deep to support the charity.

They raised £510 which they presented to Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, the founder of the Petesfield-based charity.

When staff at Waitrose, in Gosport, heard about the donation they matched it.

Hounds for Heroes was set up provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.

Mr Parton’s life was transformed by the assistance dog Endal after he was seriously injured in an accident while he was in the army. Since Endal’s death he is assisted by Endal Junior. Go to houndsforheroes.com.