Millionaire makeover

Posted 3 weeks ago in the A big thank you, Corporate supporters, Volunteers and fundraisers categories

National Lottery winners worth over £35M have finished a pawsome makeover of a bungalow at our National Training Centre.

National Lottery winners worth over £35M have finished a pawsome makeover of a bungalow at our National Training Centre.

Thirty winners took part in the ‘millionaire makeover’ using many of the skills they trained for before winning their life-changing millions. The holiday home will provide an opportunity for our partners and their families to have use of fully accessible holiday accommodation at our National Training Centre in rural Leicestershire.

The home will offer a new facility for partners who often face difficulties in sourcing accessible and affordable holiday accommodation. The bungalow will also generate income for the charity to help fund the training of more dogs.

The bungalow was transformed both inside and out. Inside winners painted, built specialist furniture, put up blinds and lights, made beds and furnished rooms. Outside fences were painted, gates repaired, patios jet-washed, the lawn was mowed, even a dog-friendly herb garden was planted and for one winner it was an opportunity to reconnect with Canine Partners.

Michelle Edwards, from Devon, won £1.9M in 2008 and after quitting her job she became a ‘Puppy Parent volunteer’ for Canine Partners. She said, “I’ve always loved dogs and after seeing Canine Partners I became a ‘Puppy Parent volunteer’ in 2009 and was handed Golden Retriever puppy, Xagan, just two years after becoming a millionaire. It’s such a fulfilling role and I’m delighted to be helping out with my fellow National Lottery winners and transform this bungalow which I know will be loved by many visitors.”

The charity has received various support from the National Lottery over the years. Canine Partners CEO Alex Lochrane said, “A huge thank you to The National Lottery winners and our other generous supporters including Simon Taylor Roofing, who have worked tirelessly to help transform our partners bungalow. As a charity we rely totally on the support and goodwill of people and organisations to train our life-changing assistance dogs. But our relationships don’t end there. By now having this bungalow refurbished and available to our partners and their families, we can not only generate vital income but also stay in touch with those families long after our dogs have been placed.”

Canine Partners charity trustee Miriam Bentley-Rose, who is partnered with canine partner, Laurel said, “I know how difficult it is to find affordable and accessible holiday accommodation for my needs. Their work will make a huge difference to not just Canine Partners, but also to the many families who will spend quality time in our bungalow for many years to come. The hard work done by these National Lottery winners is simply priceless.”


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