FORMER Royal Navy officer Allen Parton was jubilant as he received a huge donation for his charity Hounds for Heroes.
Mr Parton, from Clanfield, was awarded £6,000 by Petplan, a pet insurer, and the cash will go towards training 12 dogs at the charity’s base near Petersfield, which will become assistance dogs for a disabled serviceman or woman.
Mr Parton said: ‘The support Petplan has provided us is invaluable, especially as we are a relatively new charity. Their unstinting backing is appreciated by all the 900,000 injured service men and women, as well as those currently serving on the front.’
One of the dogs is named Yomper – the nickname of Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who went to Purbrook Park School and lived in Petersfield. Richard was killed in 2010 from wounds sustained in an explosion in Afghanistan.