Hosted by Draycott Nursing & Care for the 5th year, this wonderful magical family Carol Service has become a must-not-miss diary date. Every year celebrities, canine partners and their Assistance dogs take part in the service that always proves to be an awe inspiring and heart warmingly emotional experience. This year we are expecting 20 dogs to take part in the Carol Service and student Natalie Preston, a canine partner, will share with the congregation how her dog Faye changed her life.
Canine Partners is a UK charity transforming the lives of people living with disabilities by partnering them with amazing assistance dogs. These amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering increased security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks most of us take for granted. Such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine and picking up dropped items. These life-changing dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including improved independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem. Each dog costs around £20,000 to train and support through their partnership. Their work to restore independence, ensure peace of mind to loved ones, even save lives, is priceless.
You simply cannot put a price on independence. Each year over 1,000 people make enquiries about having a canine partner and the waiting list continues to grow. There are currently 369 partnerships across the UK. Our aim this year is to raise £40,000 through the Carol Service to support the funding of incredible assistance dogs trained by Canine Partners. Canine Partners receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations and legacies Angela Hamlin, Founder of Draycott Nursing & Care and host of the Carol Service explains, “Many people are unaware that in some areas of the UK dogs can be registered as an official carer reducing the need for human carers, especially at night. As a provider of care into people’s homes for 20 years I know it’s the companionship, feeling of security and kindness that those we care for and their families cherish. I am continually in awe of the ability of these four legged carers who deliver this in heaps and bounds”.