Hounds for Heroes dog EJ makes himself at home
For the last four years the Holiday Inn Winchester has been hosting Hampshire based charity Hounds for Heroes, sponsoring the charity with free accommodation for the training sessions for the disabled veterans with their new assistance dogs. The charity helps injured and disabled men and women from the armed forces and also the civilian emergency services.
“We often have the Hounds for Heroes training team and their beautiful intelligent dogs working with the veterans around the hotel and EJ is a particular favourite with everyone, the wise and experienced golden labrador,” commented Sarah Waddington, Sales and Marketing Manager at the hotel. “We were lucky to get a few festive photos of him, making himself comfortable under our Christmas tree in the hotel reception.”
“We really enjoy this special link with Hounds for Heroes,” continued Sarah. “It is good to be in a position where we can sponsor the charity with positive practical support, as we have eight fully specially designed accessible rooms that are perfect for the veterans when they come to do their training.”
Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes founder was inspired by his original assistance dog Endal, and the way he had helped to transform his life. Allen wanted other injured military and emergency services personnel to also benefit from having the support of a service dog and so Hounds for Heroes was born.
EJ, otherwise known as Endal Junior, works alongside his golden retriever partner Rookie, helping Allen and his team to put the veterans through their paces during the weeks of training in and around the hotel. With many years of experience between them, EJ and Rookie also show the newly partnered assistance dogs how to help the veterans.
Allen Parton commented: “It is good that the Holiday Inn Winchester really is a home away from home for our veterans, so much so it is often hard to get them to leave the hotel at the end of the training! It is a privilege to work with the team at the hotel, who have embraced our charity with such enthusiasm.”
Visit www.houndsforheroes.com or www.hiwinchester.co.uk