A dog for life, for Christmas
15th December 2016
For the second consecutive year we are delighted to be channeling our Christmas card funds into a hard-working charity. This year our donation has gone to HOUNDS FOR HEROES, who we first heard about during November’s television coverage of the Remembrance Day commemorations.
Hounds for Heroes are a new charity with ambitious goals. Their objective is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed forces and Civilian Emergency Services. Through this provision the charity hopes to give its clients an enhanced quality of life in line with their expectations. The charity will also be able to provide help and practical support to help them achieve this.
The dogs are carefully selected for all the qualities needed to produce excellent assistance dogs. The charity has a small army of puppy parents who help with the first year of training. The dogs then enter advanced training to turn them from well behaved dogs into fully trained assistance dogs that not only bring quality of life to their owner by opening doors, picking up items, getting money from ATMs, opening train doors etc: they also bring companionship and love that can be missing when someone becomes disabled.
Hounds for Heroes’ founder, Allen Parton, says, “With over 900,000 injured, disabled and traumatised service personnel in the country today the task ahead of the charity is daunting. Every penny the charity receives makes such a huge impact on our ability to train and place these life-enhancing dogs with so many deserving clients. The message that the SVM family is sending out at the start of 2017 through their support to so many serving and ex-serving personnel is that folk do care and that is such a powerful message to receive. Salute SVM!”
Mark Sansom, Director at SVM says, “You could almost double the head-count in the office if all our dog-owning staff brought their dogs in to work on the same day. In fact, there are often days when a wagging tail pops out from under a desk, or you get followed to the kitchen … and not by a two-legged colleague. The power of dogs to make a big difference to people’s lives can’t be over stated, and so our donation to Hounds for Heroes this Christmas means an enormous amount to the whole team. The men and women of the armed forces and emergency services make an immeasurable commitment to help and protect others, and we are proud to know that our money will be spent training more beautiful, and impeccably behaved dogs to help their injured heroes to live a more comfortable, assisted life.”
Whilst our donation will help Hounds for Heroes to help those injured in the line of duty, they will always need funds. If you would like to help them keep up their great work you can make donations here.