PARENTS of a marine killed in Afghanistan raised thousands of pounds to help train dogs for injured troops.
More than 100 people attended a charity function organised by the family of Richard Hollington, who was killed in 2010.
His parents Jenny and Robin Hollington, of Petersfield, organised the event on board the iconic HMS Warrior in aid of Hounds for Heroes.
The charity provides specially-trained assistance dogs to injured servicemen and women and emergency service workers across the country.
The black-tie event included a champagne reception, a raffle, dinner, and a rousing performance from the Royal Navy Corps of Drums.
Mrs Hollington said: ‘I am hoping to raise the profile of the charity because it’s new and has only been going a short time and people don’t really know about it.
‘I hope to raise £5,000 from the evening. The turnout was great and I’m so pleased with the support.
‘The people of Portsmouth have been amazing. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received since Richard died – people that don’t know us have been so supportive too.’
The charity took eight dogs to the function including Yomper – one named after Richard Hollington’s nickname.
Hounds for Heroes trustee Allen Parton, who was injured in the first Gulf War, said: ‘This was one of our first events and was to raise awareness of the charity.
‘It means a lot because we are young and have had our training centre for a year.
‘The public’s support so far has been amazing.
‘The dogs provide great comfort.’
Cpt Ian Tolfts, chairman of the charity, added: ‘It’s great to hold the event on the HMS Warrior.
‘We want the charity to grow as there are 900,000 injured servicemen and women out there, so there is a massive need. We need to grow to help them.’
Mrs Hollington thanked Waitrose for sponsoring the champagne reception, Peta Print and Spire Hospital for their support.
She added: ‘The response has been tremendous and I thank everyone for supporting the event.’
To find out more about the charity, visit houndsforheroes.com