The patter of tiny paws could be heard at the Holiday Inn Winchester, which recently hosted another successful training session for Hounds for Heroes.
The charity, based at Ramsdean near Petersfield, was in need of accommodation for injured and disabled men and women from the armed forces and civilian emergency services, during training with their new assistance dogs.
As well as accessible accommodation for the Hounds for Heroes clients in training, the hotel has also offered to sponsor their private functions suites and meetings rooms free of charge to the charity for fundraising events such as dinner dances, evening talks, race nights, quiz nights, training and meetings.
Sarah Waddington, sales and marketing manager for the Holiday Inn Winchester, said: “It was wonderful hosting the Hounds for Heroes veterans and their assistance dogs. The staff and our hotel visitors really enjoy seeing the veterans and their dogs in training around the hotel during their two-week stay and we really miss them when they have gone.”
Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes vice-chairman and founder, commented: “As Hounds for Heroes steadily grows and develops, successfully creating more working partnerships between the dogs and their human partners, there is a natural requirement to be more effective, do things better each time and work more professionally.
“Once again, Hounds for Heroes was very privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Holiday Inn Winchester team during our recent two-week residential course at the hotel. Our ethos to do things better is certainly one that the staff at the Holiday Inn Winchester embrace with such enthusiasm, with solutions not problems the game plan.”
Inspired by his own assistance dog Endal, and the way he had helped to transform his life, Allen wanted other injured military and emergency service personnel to also benefit from having the support of a service dog. Hence, Hounds for Heroes was born.
Hounds for Heroes provide specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision, the charity aims to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.
To find out more, call 01730 823118 or visit www.houndsforheroes.com