Help for Heroes strives to achieve the best for the men and women of Great Britain’s Armed Forces, both serving and veteran. We are proud to work with other Service charities to make sure that the wounded, injured and sick get the support they deserve. Here is how Help for Heroes' grants have improved the support available to individuals.
Canine Partners assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs.
Grant Funding from Help for Heroes has allowed Canine Partners to successfully pair up injured Servicemen and women with dogs who have had a remarkable impact on their lives.
H4H were able to provide £20,000 to pair Steve with Kizzie;
“I always felt self-conscious being in a wheelchair but Kizzie has given me a new lease of life! I don’t have to take a carer when I go out and my wife doesn’t have to worry about me. If I drop my phone, or my keys, Kizzie picks them up and returns them to my lap.
The real reward is the life she has helped me get back, especially my relationship with my children. I can now take them out to play again at the park or for a walk in the woods nearby. They love throwing the ball for her so walks are not so boring with daddy now.”
It takes between 15-18 months to train a canine partner from selection at eight weeks old through puppy training and advanced training until they are partnered with a person with disabilities. Each partnership has regular visits from the Charity’s aftercare assistants and support and advice are available 24 hours a day.