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TWYC Charity auction on Sunday 5 July 2015


Good morning everyone

Every year when the Commodore is tasked with choosing a Charity for the year, it becomes increasingly difficult to decide from all the extremely worthwhile charities who exist without Government funding and who have to rely solely on the general public to survive.

This year I have chosen "Canine Partners" as our chosen Charity in memory of our dear friend and member of TWYC Andy Anderson who passed away suddenly quite recently. Andy was always keen to support this Charity and upon reading all about them recently, we can understand why.

Let me give you an

insight into "Canine Partners". This Charity assists people with disabilities so that they can enjoy greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs. It also works closely with the uniformed services to provide assistance dogs to those injured whilst on active duty. The dogs are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items,pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The Charity aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.

These life transforming dogs also provide practical,physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction. Please visit www.caninepartners.org.uk to find out more.

With your help, I hope we can raise a lot of money for this Charity. £5000 will cover the first year of a puppy’s training. If we reach this goal then TWYC will have the opportunity to suggest a name for the puppy!

£4000 will cover the cost of training the individual to learn how to train, work with and care for their assistance dog. Before someone receives one of the dogs, they must attend a two week residential course at one of the Canine Partners training centres. It is hear that they learn all of the commands, nutrition, grooming and other information they need to start their new life with their new four-legged friend. This is acrucial part of the jouney as Canine Partners must ensure the bond is growing and that both human and dog are happy with each other.

The Charity Auction this year will take place on Sunday 5 July in the clubhouse at 12.00 noon which is the day after our Summer Party.

I will write to you again soon regarding the auction but meanwhile if you have any ideas or suggestions regarding fundraising please contact Linda or myself on lindabluefox@aol.com Do you have a skill which you could donate freely for a day for us to auction such as boat handling tuition, gardener, general handyman, electrician, painter, boat wash etc. There will of course be the usual boat items and other goods for sale on the day

Best wishes

Vince

Commodore

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