Chelmsford Star Raises Record Amount for Essex Canine Partners

Members, customers, and employees of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society have in the last twelve months, raised over £36,000 for local assistance dog charity, Canine Partners.

During the period, raffles, dress-down days, shopping events, dog washes and other money making ideas all helped the Society to achieve £36,234 for its sixth Charity of the Year.  This was up over 3% on the previous year when the Society’s cause was Families InFocus (Essex).

Lindsey Hurrell, Essex Community Fund Raiser for Canine Partners said;

“It’s been a great year working with Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society and this fantastic amount of money that has been raised will go towards supporting the Essex Satellite and existing partnerships in the area as well as helping people with disabilities who are in the process of applying for one of our dogs.  It costs the charity £20k to fully train a dog from selection as a puppy right through to it being partnered with a person for around 10-12 years.”

“There is a list of people in our region requiring a canine partner and our dogs can give a disabled person a new lease of life.  They really can make a huge difference to their independence and quality of life.  This can include helping with simple daily tasks such as picking up dropped items, helping someone out of bed and getting undressed to unloading the washing machine or helping with the shopping.”

 “On behalf our charity, I would like to thank everyone who either gave their time or money to help in our campaign, it is so much appreciated.”

The Society has to date raised in excess of £180k for local charities and is now looking forward to working with its seventh, recently chosen by its employees, Essex Dementia Care.