Tea, cakes and scones raise more than £3,200 for West Sussex charity

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With more than 680 slices of cake sold, the Canine Partners charity raised more than £3,200 at its traditional cream tea event.

All the money collected from the evening, held at the Holywell Estate in Swanmore, will go towards training more assistance dogs and transforming the lives of people with disabilities, including wounded servicemen and women.

The Midhurst-based assistance dog charity provides specially-trained dogs to help people with disabilities with such tasks as opening and closing doors, retrieving items and other everyday tasks, which disabled people find difficult, painful or impossible to do for themselves.

By doing this, the charity aims to give these people more independence in their day-to-day life.

Organiser and volunteer at the charity Ali Bailey said: ‘The fact we have raised more than £3,200 really is the icing on the cake.

‘The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was great and everyone enjoyed themselves – including the Canine Partners puppies and dogs which attended. It was our best cream tea to date.

‘The money will enable us to change the lives of more people with disabilities through their amazing assistance dogs.’

The charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary and aims to host 250 dinner parties across the UK during October to mark this landmark year.

For more details visit caninepartners.org.uk/25.