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Great strides

Keen fundraisers made great strides to show their support for local charity Hounds for Heroes.

Acorn Health, Emsworth’s award-winning chiropractic clinic, celebrated St Georges Day by hosting a popular dog walk around Thorney Island Military Base, raising £398.35 for the charity, which is based in Ramsdean near Petersfield and run by Clanfield-based war veteran Allen Parton.

Philippa McKernan, principle chiropractor at Acorn Health, said: “Coming from a military family, it has always been important for me to give back to the military community. The event was a great success, and we are now planning for next year’s adventures.

“It was fun for all the family, and we all enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Chichester Harbour accompanied by a slice of cake baked by Emsworth Cookery School and a bottle of refreshing locally sourced water from South Downs Water, who both kindly sponsored the event.”

Hounds for Heroes provide specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and UK Emergency Services.

Through this provision, Hounds for Heroes aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.

Allen commented: “Acorn Health’s event and support really does send such a positive message to those serving Queen and Country that folk at home really do care about them.

“Every single penny received makes such a huge impact on and difference to our work. We have a great organisation, staffed by serving members of the armed forces, which in itself is fairly humbling, but we couldn’t do it without others help as well.”

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