Marathon swim by canines gives cash boost

Eric and Maureen Chivers from Emsworth. Eric is heaping praise on the NHS for the superb teatment he recieved when he was in hospital with a serious illness     'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Gosport man who spent months in hospital says ‘I owe NHS staff my life’

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A WHOPPING £2,500 was raised to help provide assistance dogs after pooches completed 1,500 lengths of a hydrotherapy pool.

The event organised by Wickham Canine Rehabilitation Centre raised £2,500 for Canine Partners.

A variety of breeds of dog took part, including German shepherd, labrador, Weimaraner, Newfoundland, staffie, flat coat retriever, Jack Russell, border terrier, shih tzu and a couple of trained search and rescue dogs.

Sarah Simpson, from Hydrotherapy-Four Paws, said: ‘We really enjoyed this year’s Canine Solent Swim and were delighted to raise £2,500 for Canine Partners, which will go towards the training of our sponsored puppy Ivan. The dogs did so well, with many completing a worthy 30 lengths and our smallest dog managing a whopping 102 lengths.’

David Filmer, from Fareham, has congenital paraplegia and graduated with canine partner Zack in 2007. He said: ‘Before I got Zack I used to have low patches on a regular basis, but now I rarely get them.’