A local charity has given Rayleigh residents paws for thought through an accomplished assistance dog display.
Staff from Canine Partners – a charity that pairs physically disabled people with specially trained assistance dogs – paid a visit to Sanctuary Housing-owned Chignal House in Rayleigh to showcase the service and what the dogs can do to support with daily tasks such as removing clothes and shoes.
The event at the older people’s housing scheme, which was organised by resident Pat Davies and supported by manager Sally Kamaryc, also included a raffle which raised more than £500 for the charity.
“The things the dogs can do are amazing”
Scheme manager Sally Kamaryc said: “The demonstration was really interesting, the things the dogs can do are amazing and it’s easy to see what an asset they would be to people with physical disabilities.
“We were delighted to have them pay a visit to the scheme and to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.”
“We are thrilled to have been invited”
Helen Watkinson, head of community and national fundraising at Canine Partners, commented: “We are thrilled to have been invited to Chignal House and to receive the very generous donation of £500. Our charity relies solely on donations and legacies from the public to help us continue our life-transforming work.
“Our amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks. These life-changing dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.”
Canine Partners is always looking for volunteers and donations. For more information visit the website Canine Partners website.