Goodwood is delighted to announce the beginning of a two-year partnership with the charity Canine Partners.
The charity, which trains assistance dogs for disabled people at two centres, one in the Midlands and one just outside Midhurst, was chosen by Goodwood staff and will benefit from fundraising at events across the Goodwood Estate, as well as providing volunteering opportunities for all Goodwood employees.
The Duke of Richmond says, “Our aim is to help transform the lives of as many people as possible by supporting the breeding and training of these remarkable assistance dogs. Our staff are motivated and enthusiastic, both in their fundraising efforts and in their commitment to volunteering, and we are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.”
In addition to various internal fund-raising efforts, Goodwood aims to raise money for the cause with events open to all its members, as well as to the public. Ideas range from doggy-themed afternoon teas for four legged guests and their owners at member’s clubhouse The Kennels, to the annual dog show, as well as events at the racecourse and perhaps even a pop-up outdoor cinema in the summer, showing a dog-friendly film.
“We are delighted that the Goodwood Estate has chosen us as their Charity of the Year for 2019 and 2020. We are very excited about this fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of Canine Partners and generate vital funds to enable us to continue our life-transforming work. Our partnership with Goodwood will ensure that we are able to train even more amazing dogs to help adults living with physical disabilities.” said Jackie Staunton, Chair of Trustees for Canine Partners.
Nicola Hopkins, who was partnered with canine Flora, said: "Goodwood picking Canine Partners as their Charity of the Year will be fundamental in helping to transform lives like mine. Being partnered with an assistance dog like Flora changes your life in ways that you don’t ever expect or imagine. Flora has been key to me regaining my independence; not just opening doors for me literally but also metaphorically, by giving me the confidence to live my life to the full.”
To find out more about the incredible work that Canine Partners do, visit their website here.