Canine Partners opens its first pop-up shop

Canine Partners

National assistance dog charity Canine Partners is to open its first pop-up shop in an ambitious new departure for the West Sussex based organisation.

The shop is a first for the Charity, which is based on the outskirts of Midhurst, and will place Canine Partner in the heart of Midhurst, which is close to the national training centre, in the run up to Christmas. It will be opened for business on November 5 remaining open through the festive season until the end of January.

While staff and volunteers will be active in running the shop so too will be our partnerships. And given that a Canine Partner assistance dog can already get cash from the cash machine and help their partner with everyday tasks such as shopping the Charity is hopeful that the sight of one of the dogs helping at the counter will be a draw to shop.

The new shop, it is hoped, will assist with both fundraising to train more assistance dogs to help people with disabilities and also to raise awareness of the charity’s life-changing work.

The store will sell luxury Christmas cards and gifts as well as a range of fabulous pre-loved evening wear and accessories.

Jill Green, Head of Regional Fundraising, said: “This will be a fabulous opportunity for us to be part of our community and allow us to meet more people to explain what we can do to help people with disabilities.”

Canine Partners is a national charity that trains assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities including civilians and members of HM Armed Forces.

The Charity works across the disability spectrum to improve the quality of life of people with a range of conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, stroke and brain injury as well as many other complex and challenging conditions, including those of injured former servicemen and women.

The dogs are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. They also increase independence, confidence and self-esteem and bring companionship, a sense of security and increased social interaction.

Each dog is trained in skills which are carefully tailored to their future partner during their Advanced Training. For more information log on to www.caninepartners.org.uk.

About Canine Partners

Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. Visit Canine Partners’ Web site at www.caninepartners.org.uk

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