CVS UK Ltd has selected Support Dogs as its charity for 2015, which will see staff at all 275 UK sites actively helping to raise awareness of the charity’s work, fundraise and attend events throughout the year.

Support dogs are trained to help with all aspects of life.

Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing the independence and quality of life for children and adults with some of the most challenging of conditions.

The charity works in three key areas:

  • It trains autism assistance dogs to enable a child with autism, who may have limited sense of danger, to remain safe. The dogs also help reduce a child’s levels of anxiety, enabling them and their families to lead a more ‘normal’ and more independent life.
  • It trains disability assistance dogs, which help to increase the level of independence for a person with a physical disability by helping with all aspects of life from washing, dressing, shopping and picking up objects, to raising the alarm (Support Dogs trains the client’s own pet dog for this programme).
  • It is the only UK charity to train seizure alert dogs, which can provide a reliable up to 50 minute warning to a client prior to an oncoming epileptic seizure.
Rita Howson, chief executive at Support Dogs, said: “We are thrilled that CVS has chosen Support Dogs as its charity this year. Support Dogs has a truly life-changing impact on all those we help and, as a result, we are experiencing an overwhelming demand for our work. We receive a plea for help every ten hours.

“CVS’ support will raise funds and support nationally so we can help many more families affected by autism, epilepsy or disability and who so desperately need our help.”
Support for the charity follows a successful 2014 fundraising campaign, which saw CVS raise more than £20,000 for the Retired Greyhound Trust.
CVS CEO Simon Innes said: “2014 was our most successful year of fund-raising yet but has only served to inspire us to do even better for Support Dogs this year. The support they provide to adults and children suffering from a range of challenging conditions is a fantastic example of how companion animals can really make a positive difference to people’s lives. We looking forward to supporting the charity’s work this year.

“Our teams will be supporting Support Dogs at a local level and we look forward to welcoming representatives from the charity as special guests at our annual conference in November so that our employees can learn more about its work.”
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