Man’s best friend gets support from Westfield Health

Man’s best friend gets support from Westfield Health

A national charity which trains dogs to assist people with autism, epilepsy or physical disabilities has paid a visit to Westfield Health to say thank you for its latest charitable donation.

Support Dogs, which is based in Sheffield, has received a donation of £5,000 to go towards the training of a new support dog.

A team from the charity spent time at Westfield Health’s new offices, Westfield House, discussing how a support dog can change a person’s life. Labrador Cass was on hand to demonstrate how support dogs assist their owners with everyday tasks like shopping, loading and unloading the washing machine, and picking up keys and mobile phones.

The charity receives no government funding, and therefore relies on donations and fundraising to continue its work of transforming lives.

The latest donation follows a £10,000 contribution made to the charity from Westfield Health in 2015.

Rita Howson, Chief Executive of Support Dogs, said: “We are extremely grateful to Westfield Health for their latest donation. The impact that our dogs have on the individuals they support is amazing – not only do they provide tailored help based on a person’s needs, but they also make excellent companions.

“It takes two years and costs £20,000 to train just one support dog, so donations like this are vital to ensure that we can continue to provide assistance dogs for those who will benefit so much from them.”

Graham Moore, Westfield Health Chairman, said: “Support Dogs is a very well-known and loved charity which we have supported for a number of years. We are thrilled that, with our latest donation, the charity will be able to help fund the training of a support dog which will provide vital assistance for someone who needs it.

“Without Support Dogs, these people’s lives would be far less rich and less safe, and we’re pleased to be able to help make a difference.”

For more information about Support Dogs, visit support-dogs.org.uk

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