Charity founder recongised with city service award

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THE Hounds for Heroes charity founder has been honoured for his work.

The organisation was set up by naval veteran Allen Parton, of Clanfield, and helps ex-servicemen and women by providing assistance dogs to those who need them.

He was presented with a civic service award by mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas.

Mr Parton said: ‘This award, though with my name on it, really is in recognition of everyone’s effort in turning my pig’s ear of a vision into a silk purse of reality.

‘Portsmouth has been my home port during my time in the Royal Navy and we spent all our childhood holidays here too, so now to be recognised by a city that I call and think of as home, this award is such an honour.’

Meanwhile, Hounds for Heroes’ coffers were boosted by fundraisers.

A celebration of 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, held by BAE Broad Oak, pulled together £800 through a second-hand bookstall and an extra £109 from cake sales.

And the charity has been selected as one of the Waitrose Community Matters token scheme in the Havant store.

That sees customers select a charity from the store’s chosen three to donate to with a token they receive while shopping.