Dog charity is honoured

Mon, 30 Jan 2006

Midlands Co-Op Travel in Coventry has chosen the charity Dogs for the Disabled as their elected charity. The charity trains dogs to help children and adults with disabilities.

The travel company will soon be celebrating their first year of trading. To do this they will be raising money for the charity by holding a raffle, competitions, selling refreshments and offering holiday discounts. Pat Sherlock and her dog Lucas will also be present on the day from the charity to give a helping hand.

Jamie Kenningham of Dogs for the Disabled, explained what the role of the dogs is, "It is often being able to carry out the simplest of tasks that makes the greatest difference to our clients’ lives.

"For some people it means that they no longer need fulltime carers or are able to return to work or college.

"In addition a dog can help break down social barriers and give a disabled person a new found sense of adventure, improved self-esteem and a growing self confidence."

Anna Melling, shop manager added, "It’s a really worthwhile charity, so I’m hoping that as many people as possible will come along to the shop and show their support."

The charity was set up in 1988 and is the only UK organisation that trains dogs to help with practical tasks like opening doors, switching lights on, bringing the milk in, emptying the washing machine, answering the telephone, and much more.

While the dogs give practical support, they also have an important role to play in building up an individuals’ confidence, to break down barriers enabling social interaction and provide independence.

The travel company hope to raise over £100,000 for the charity to help them continue their great work.

The cost of training a puppy from the age of six weeks old to become a fully trained assistance dog is in the region of £22,000.

Whatever financial help the charity can get from donations is greatly received.

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