Dogs for Good benefits from employee vote

Banbury's Dogs for Good has been awarded £2,500 by an employee-led charitable initiative created by a family-owned shoe retailer.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 4:17 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 5:04 pm
Fiona with her assistance dog, Vargo

Shoe retailer Pavers selected Dogs for Good after an employee vote to nominate the Pavers Foundation’s charity of the year.

Employees from Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes voted between Antibiotic Research UK, Dogs for Good, Mind and Parkinson’s UK.

With Mind taking nearly half the votes, they received a donation of £65,000 from the Pavers Foundation. However, the Pavers Foundation wanted to show support for the fantastic work of the three runner-up charities and donated a further £2,500 to each of the causes.

Mark Granger, director of operations at Pavers and committee member of the Pavers Foundation with Dorothy Scott and Vixen

The £2,500 donation from the Pavers Foundation will help to support one of Dogs for Good’s special puppies through its vital first year of training.

Cathryn Simpson, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Dogs for Good said: “Dogs for Good relies entirely on donations to continue its work and we’re hugely grateful to Pavers’ employees for nominating us and to Pavers for supporting us with this fabulous donation.”

Dogs for Good trains dogs to help people overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve lives and communities.

They offer three main services, including assistance dogs that support adults and children with a range of disabilities, providing practical support and enabling greater independence.

Community dogs that help to support children in special educational needs schools, older people in homes and adults with autism and a family dog service team run workshops giving advice and support to children with autism and their families, enabling them to get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog.