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Nick's BIGGEST Canine Partners team takes Reading by storm
The biggest Canine Partners running team ever assembled turned the 2014 Reading Half Marathon purple when an incredible 59 runners competed in what has become a major event in our annual calendar. Organiser Nick Poole, who is based at 3M in Bracknell, provided the leadership and enthusiasm to create the biggest team yet to don our famous hairy headbands. Speaking after the event Nick said: "What an amazing day. I've never known a buzz like it and to see so many resplendent in purple was a sight to behold."
We launch capital appeal for our Midlands Centre
Canine Partners has welcomed more than 80 guests to the stunning Belvoir Castle for the official launch of the capital appeal to raise funds for the charity’s new Midlands Training Centre. Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland kindly hosted the event and spoke movingly about Canine Partners and the support she continues to give to our development plans. Also on hand to welcome guests was Chairman of the Capital Appeal Committee Clive Richards OBE DL and Canine Partners CEO Andy Cook.
Chelsea helps Arthur and Daxi win Platinum Award
One of our most talented partnerships has gained their coveted Platinum Award as part of their ongoing training. Arthur Findlater and the hugely gifted Daxi, who live in Gloucestershire, passed the Platinum Award test on a recent visit by the Canine Partners Aftercare Supervisor Claire Anthony. The incredible partnership has mastered an impressive array of specialist tasks to win the award – only the third to do so in the history of Canine Partners.
Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.
We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.
Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.
The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.
This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.
For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org