Members of staff from the Adult Community Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust recently donated £1,714.56 to charity Dogs for Good, which makes life changing differences for people with disabilities.
The money, generated from scrap metal harvested from disused equipment such as beds, walking frames, hoists and nebulisers, was handed over by staff to Dogs for Good, which trains assistance dogs to support adults and children with a range of disabilities and children with autism and also trains activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in communities and schools.
This is now the fourth donation handed over by staff to the charity as part of an innovative use of old equipment that a service formerly with the Trust, the Community Equipment Resource Service (CERS), would recycle from equipment loaned to patients.
Jo Blofeld, Patient and Public Involvement Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This donation underscores the way in which our Trust has continuously striven to make a real difference to the quality of life for our service users, their families and carers. So far, our donations have supported the purchase of four puppies which will grow up to be life-transforming dogs. It’s a shame that CERS is now no longer provided by Lancashire Care to continue to generate monies for the cause via this route, but we are now considering other innovative ways of generating donations to support Dogs for Good. When fully trained, the dogs provide an invaluable source of assistance and companionship for families and we are so pleased to be able to help this wonderful charity.
“In the past, families had a choice of disposing equipment themselves, often to the local skip or to a charity shop. But not all families had the ability to do this. Because of this, our CERS team decided to recycle equipment, including selling for scrap metal unusable items. Money raised would then be given to Dogs for Good.”
Alix Davies, Regional Fundraiser at Dogs for Good, said: “Lancashire Care has been so supportive of Dogs for Good over the past 2 years, donating just under £5,000 for our puppy scheme. As we receive no Government funding, we couldn’t be more grateful to the team for getting behind the charity and the work we do exploring the good that can happen when we bring people and dogs together. I have been inspired by their passion in wanting to help the local community. Our assistance dogs really do change lives, and the donations have enabled us to support more people who face a lifetime of challenges.”
For more information about Dogs for Good please visit www.dogsforgood.org.