Mobility Roadshow 2015 Welcomes Canine Partners

Assistance dog charity Canine Partners will be attending the Mobility Roadshow on June 25 to 27 at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

Canine Partners, which provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities, will be at Stand 79 ready to offer more information about the Charity and answer any questions.

Ashley Antell, Canine Partners applications assessor, said: “We’re very proud to support the Mobility Roadshow in our 25th anniversary year. We hope that people will come along and see us at Stand 79 on the day to talk about the work we do, the application process and how people can get involved with the Charity.”

The Charity was formed in 1990 and has to date partnered 553 assistance dogs across the UK.  These amazing dogs have changed the lives of those they are helping: restoring independence, giving family members peace of mind, allowing their disabled partners to return to work and even saving lives by responding in emergencies.

Canine Partners, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations, trains dogs to perform tasks such as opening and closing doors, undressing, pressing buttons, retrieving items, unloading washing machines, taking card and cash from ATMs and other everyday tasks that disabled people find difficult, painful or impossible to do for themselves.

Kerenza Holzman, who has ME and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, relies on her canine partner Whisky. She said: “Canine Partners has changed my life in so many different ways, and been a massive influence on my immediate family. Whisky gives me confidence and makes me get outside and feel part of society again.”

There are currently 311 working partnerships across the UK, and at least 80 more disabled people will be paired with a canine partner this year. People with disabilities as diverse as MS, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, ME, spina bifida and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome benefit from the assistance and support of these dogs.  In addition, through the Charity’s connection with Help For Heroes, there are canine partners helping former service personnel not only with their injuries but also to overcome the debilitating effect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

If you would like to support Canine Partners, please visit caninepartners.org.uk or emailinfo@caninepartners.org.uk for more information.

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