’The support from the armed forces is truly humbling’

DEDICATED Allen Parton, who founded Petersfield-based charity Hounds for Heroes, pictured with his dog EJ. Picture: Innes Marlow
DEDICATED Allen Parton, who founded Petersfield-based charity Hounds for Heroes, pictured with his dog EJ. Picture: Innes Marlow

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THIS a very poignant month in which we proudly recognise, celebrate and remember those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on June 29.

Recognised as one of the world’s premier and most professional armed services, the men and women of the UK armed forces have gone that extra mile – proving they have more than deservedly earned such praise.

By wearing their hearts very much on their sleeves, they have supported Hampshire-based Hounds for Heroes, whose aims are to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.

The charity was originally set up by serving and ex-service men and women, whose aim was to enable their own disabled, injured and traumatised colleagues and in doing showing that we were taking responsibility for our own.

To have such dedicated and continuing support from those serving is so truly humbling and a reminder of why we are all here.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with us, the public support has enabled us to achieve so much and our very first squadron of dogs is about to be placed with their human partners this month.

Though we are a new and small charity, there are over 900,000 injured and disabled service personnel out there.

Everyone involved in the charity has the fire in their bellies to tackle the task ahead.

Our motto ‘together we can’ holds a true poignancy.

To find out more about Armed Forces Day and organising an event, visit armedforcesday.org.uk.

Also see houndsforheroes.com.