Marathon cycle helps injured servicemen

DELIGHT Allen Parton with the Waitrose staff members
DELIGHT Allen Parton with the Waitrose staff members

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IT was exhausting stuff when supermarket workers held a cycle marathon.

But the sore legs were well worth it as they raised more than £1,000 to help a charity that provides assistance dogs to injured servicemen and women.

Eight staff members from Waitrose in Petersfield each cycled the equivalent of 37 miles in one day on static bikes.

The Hounds for Heroes team and their faithful dogs turned out in force to show their appreciation for their efforts.

Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, the charity’s founder, who lives in Clanfield, said: ‘The support shown was truly overwhelming and all of us at Hounds for Heroes would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you.’

There are 12 dogs in training, who will be ready for permanent owners in 18 months.

During their life, each specialist dog costs £20,000 in training, food and vet bills, and the charity aims to cover the costs.