Worthing Lions has donated £8,000 to Canine Partners, a charity which provides assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities.
Worthing Lions, which is one of the oldest Lions Club in the country, has donated the money to support four local canine partnerships through a two-week residential course held at the Southern Training Centre in Heyshott, near Midhurst.
Canine Partners, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations, transforms the lives of people with disabilities by training assistance dogs to help with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible, including opening doors, undressing, unloading the washing, pressing buttons, and getting help in an emergency.
The dogs increase independence, confidence and provide loving companionship.
Malcolm Wells MBE, national speaker for Canine Partners, said: “We’re delighted Worthing Lions has pledged their support and their donation will by life-changing for four families who will benefit from Canine Partners assistance dogs.
“The money will be used to sponsor the two week residential course for four future partnerships in Worthing.
“During their on-site training they will spend time with their canine partners learning all the commands the dogs have been taught by the trainers, about the welfare of their dogs and how to care for them.
“We would like to thank Worthing Lions volunteers and members for raising the money at the Worthing seafront festival which, despite the weather conditions, was a fantastic weekend.”
The money donated by Worthing Lions, which is run by dedicated volunteers, was raised from a spectacular Worthing Lions Festival, in which visitors enjoyed a weekend of events around the seafront area of the town.
Canine Partners demonstrated some of tasks their amazing dogs can carry out at the event.
If you would like to support Canine Partners, please call 08456 580480 or visit caninepartners.org.uk
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