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The Southern Co-operative raises over £0.5 million for Canine Partners charity

A two year fundraising initiative has resulted in The Southern Co-operative donating over £0.5 million to Canine Partners, the charity that helps disabled people have a better quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs.

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The Southern Co-operative raises over £0.5 million for Canine Partners charity

Staff were supported by members, customers and suppliers in the charity campaign which saw the society smash its charity partner fundraising record.

The monies raised have been used by Canine Partners to purchase 25 puppies to join its training programme and to help train 15 of the puppies to become highly skilled Canine Partners assistance dogs.

Gemma Lacey, head of sustainability at The Southern Co-operative, said: “Our colleagues have truly embraced this amazing charity, fundraising in our stores, funeral homes and central office with raffles, fancy dress days, competitions, cakes sales and sponsored events, but also undertaking personal challenges like skydiving, marathon running and cycling.”

The independent society, which has over 200 stores and funeral homes across southern England, also organised two ‘Bark in the Park’ sponsored dog walk days in the grounds of its Portsmouth office, a ‘Bark at the Ball’ dinner and auction and five days of ‘Bark and Ride’ sponsored cycling in stores during its annual charity awareness week.

Lacey added: “Much of the partnership’s success is because Canine Partners were so hands-on throughout, which definitely helped to build a really strong relationship with our colleagues and drive their fundraising. Their puppies and puppy parents have come along to store openings and fundraising days, their dogs have given demos to showcase their amazing talents and their disabled partners have joined in our events.”

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