A handsome £20,000 donation is allowing Banbury’s Dogs for the Disabled to enhance its training facilties.
The UPS Foundation – a charitable organisation based in the USA – has donated the money to help fund redevelopment of the charity’s training hall and to create a more user-friendly, multi-functional space.
Dogs for the Disabled chief executive Peter Gorbing said: “We’re hugely grateful to The UPS Foundation for this wonderful grant, which will also increase public and local community awareness of the charity’s work.”
Dogs for the Disabled provides assistance dogs to help people with a wide variety of disabilities and hopes to train 98 dogs a year by 2018, almost doubling its current output.
The grant will allow the charity to incorporate a purpose-built refectory, allowing staff to train dogs in a simulated café environment, as well as providing additional space for client workshops, entertaining guests and meetings for volunteer groups. The improvements will also include a new ‘home area’ with a bedroom, lounge and kitchen.
This will provide a realistic training environment for those people on residential courses learning how to train and work with their new dogs.
The charity holds regular visitor mornings, which allow the public to find out more about its work.