Is Canine Partners your charity of the year?

THE FIRST nomination for the Charity of the Year as part of this year’s Community Stars awards goes to Canine Partners.

Since 1990, the charity has trained dogs to complete a variety of tasks to assist people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life.

Dogs are trained to each person’s needs, and can carry out a range of tasks including opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.

Christine Mildenhall, who lives in Worthing, knows first-hand how important the work of the charity is as she has mild cerebral palsy and muscular dystonia. She has recently graduated with her second canine partner, a two-year-old golden retriever called Fletcher.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Worthing Herald, out Thursday,