On Monday Hounds for Heroes, a locally-based charity with a nationwide reach, visited Collins House, Eastleigh to accept a cheque for £1591.68 following six months of fundraising by the team.
Founded by Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes provide specially-trained Assistance Dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Civilian Emergency Services. Through partnering people with a Cadet Dog, the charity enables them to begin a journey that will restore their dignity and self-worth, positively changing lives. Fundraising is vital as the charity fully funds the whole life of the dogs, meaning the provision of an Assistance Dog does not create a financial burden on the recipient.
As part of Radian’s Corporate Strategy Objectives for health and housing the Partnerships and Projects Directorate have been working with veterans, which inspired the team to choose Hounds for Heroes as their charity of choice. The money was raised through an office Tuck Shop, with colleagues around the business donating to the charity by buying sweet treats.
“During my involvement as face of the British Legion Poppy Appeal it was announced that there were over 900,000 injured service men and women, only five of them had an assistance dog. If a dog can give you back a quality of life and independence it seemed right to set up a charity called Hounds for Heroes for injured service men and women and the emergency services.
“Having companies such as Radian standing shoulder to shoulder with us enables us to create more life-enhancing partnerships.” – Allen Parton, Founder of Hounds for Heroes
To celebrate the successful run of fundraising, Hounds for Heroes visited Collins House on Monday to meet the team involved and share the history of the charity. Radian’s Business Reporting Manager, Emma Greatorex, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Allen, EJ and Rookie for the cheque presentation at Collins House. EJ and Rookie are excellent ambassadors for Hounds for Heroes, and there were lots of excited colleagues ready to meet them. Hearing Allen’s story first hand really drove home how vital and incredible the Hounds for Heroes Assistance Dogs are. Running the Tuck Shop was hard work but knowing that our efforts will help to play a part in providing a specially trained assistance dog for someone in need makes it all worthwhile.”
Find out more about Hounds for Heroes here.