Waitrose donate £5,000 to Canine Partners

Recently at Waitrose in Crowborough Canine Partners were presented with a cheque for £4,986.

The charity trains assistance dogs to help people with disabilities manage everyday tasks.green-token-sm

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.

Celestine Hewitt, Department Manager at Waitrose in Crowborough, said:
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.
Puppy Parent Barbara Harrison and Canine Partner in training Fennel accepting the cheque from Department Manager Celestine Hewitt

Canine Partners accepting the cheque at Waitrose in Crowborough. Featured in the photo are Celestine Hewitt, Jayne Nighy, Andy Wells, Karen Townsend and Puppy Parent Barbara Harrison with Canine Partner in training Fennel.

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.

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