Recently at Waitrose in Crowborough Canine Partners were presented with a cheque for £4,986.
Every year Waitrose staff choose a charity that they would like to support via their Community Matters ‘Green Token’ scheme. All eighteen branches in Sussex and Surrey are involved so they can raise a significant amount to make a real difference.
Many of our Branches have raised money for this worthwhile charity before, and Karen Townsend has built up a fantastic relationship with the trainers as they come into Crowborough most weeks.
Jane Grant, Canine Partners’ Community Engagement Manager, said:
We’re absolutely thrilled that Waitrose have raised so much money for our charity.
They have given us £5,000 – enough to purchase a puppy from a breeder and pay for its first year of training with a volunteer puppy parent under the guidance of one of our puppy trainers.
After that year of basic training the puppy will then go on to learn a range of everyday skills which it can use to transform the life of a disabled person.
Our dogs are specially trained to open doors, load and unload washing machines, pick up dropped items and even help a person get dressed. They also help boost confidence and increase a disabled person’s independence.
It takes approximately 18 months to train a canine partner from selection at eight weeks old through puppy training and advanced training until they are partnered with a person with physical disabilities.