One of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic is that is has, albeit belatedly, rendered society far more aware of its duty to protect the vulnerable as best it can. Canine Partners has been more than aware of this necessity for three decades now. This inspiring organisation trains dogs to become companions for the disabled, helping them to perform daily tasks that most take for granted. As a charity whose work truly merits the adjective ‘life-changing’, CPR is proud to be a devoted supporter.
February 2019, Savills fought off stiff competition from seven other estate agents to be crowned the inaugural winners of The CPR Cup #thecprcup. This one day football tournament raised over £5500 for Canine Partners, a figure which we hope to eclipse when the 2020 competition is rescheduled. This money has gone towards buyimng and training Jeffrey, an adorable puppy who celebrated his first birthday on April 8 and is described by his trainers as showing ‘great promise’.
Jeffrey’s training program will leave him capable of performing actions such as unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, and pressing buttons and switches. This comes from a three-pronged approach, where the ability to tug, push, and retrieve become second nature to the puppies.
The profound effects of the aid from such a remarkable dog are evident in a nine minute clip broadcasted online as part of BBC One’s Lifeline scheme, which recognises charities that offer a lifeline to those in desperate need of one. One of these people is Ian, who is on the waiting list for a canine partner. Ian’s myotonic dystrophy means that his muscle function deteriorates over time, and so his ability to perform many household tasks reduces in tandem. A dog like Jeffrey would empower Ian to be able to leave the house to meet new people, providing physical and mental encouragement to a man who currently lives alone and struggles to go out independently. Ian says that the day when he receives a partner will be the best day of his life.
Total lifetime investment into a canine partner is roughly £30000. This may seem like a lot of money - and it is - but the value for money cannot be understated. Those who the charity have helped in the past all echo the same idea that their canine partner is the most important thing in their lives, a sidekick who gives them the confidence to search for a job, to live alone, or even to get up in the morning. For a lifetime of increased independence and happiness, the investment is undoubtedly worth it.
Recent circumstances have halted training, and more than ever Canine Partners needs your support. A link to their website, as well as the aforementioned BBC video, will be left below. So, we eagerly anticipate the 2020 CPR Cup and are excited to continue our support for Canine Partners.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this remarkable charity, and all the best from us at CPR (Collins Property Recruitment, or perhaps in this instance, Canine Partners Recruitment).
BBC One Lifeline video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gxm5
You can also find out more about Canine Partners through their social media:
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