Canine Partners Donation

Fri 29th May 2020 at 15.30 - 16.30

The Club has donated £1200 to Canine Partners

The Rotary Club of Westgate and Birchington has been fund-raising all year and one of the charities President Richard O’Sullivan has been supporting is CANINE PARTNERS. The Club has recently given a donation of £1200 to help this fantastic charity continue its outstanding work with disabled people.

Their assistance dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. They help adults aged 18 and over who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.

Some of the disabilities and conditions they support: Multiple sclerosis; Cerebral palsy; Spinal injuries and head injuries; Stroke; Arthritis; Muscular dystrophy; Spina bifida and many more.

A canine partner assists with everyday tasks which are difficult, painful or impossible for individuals with a disability to perform, such as: helping with undressing; loading and unloading the washing machine; retrieving or picking up dropped items; helping with the shopping; retrieving money and card from a cash machine; opening and closing doors; pressing a pedestrian crossing or lift button; fetching help in an emergency; help turn their disabled partner over in bed; flush the toilet;

Canine partners also provide many psychological and social benefits such as:

·         increased independence, confidence, motivation and self-esteem

·         companionship, security and unconditional love, a talking point, increasing social interaction

·         helping to return to work, reducing reliance on human carers