Wilko raise over £20,000 with events across the South

Posted 7 years ago in the Corporate supporters category

Corporate sponsors Wilko have been holding a number of events in some of their Southern stores.

Puppy in training Naimh and canine partner Peggy

Puppy parent Jenny with puppy in training Gilly with Wilko Burgess Hill staffCorporate sponsors Wilko have been holding a number of events in some of their Southern stores in order to raise much needed funds for us to train more amazing dogs.

Staff from the 17 stores in the Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and West Sussex regions chose Canine Partners as their regional charity until April 2017, and have been hosting fundraisers in store to raise awareness of the Charity as well as encouraging their customers to donate.

Two of these fundraisers took place last weekend when staff from the Wilko Burgess Hill and Fareham branches hosted events.

Between Friday 2nd December and Sunday 4th, the Burgess Hill branch were joined by puppies Niamh, Hendrix, Jamie and Gilly (as well as their respective puppy parents Clinton, Richard, Jane and Paul, and Jenny of course!). Also in attendance to meet and greet was partnership Andy and Peggy.

The dogs, as always, proved to be very popular with the Wilko staff and customers alike. Lots of people stopped at the stand to buy cakes, put generous donations in our tin and met the dogs. It was a great success, having raised over £270.

Jane Calverley, one of the wonderful volunteers at Canine Partners, said:

“It was a really fun and worthwhile day for all concerned. A constant stream of customers stopped to meet the dogs, learn more about Canine Partners, eat the homemade cakes and make donations. The Wilko staff assigned to the stand were extremely enthusiastic in drawing in the public, and the combination of cakes and puppies seemed like a magnet, especially to families with young children!”

jenni-and-lbe-2_blogMeanwhile, between Saturday 3 December and Sunday 4th, the Fareham branch of Wilko held their own fundraiser for us. On the Saturday, staff were joined by partnership Jenni and LBE as well as puppy parent Lynne and pup Jonty. Hazel and puppy Forest, along with partnership Jenny and Eliza, went along on the Sunday.

Customers loved saying hello to the dogs and finding out more about Canine Partners and what we do.


A big thank you to Wilko for hosting these events and helping us to raise the profile of Canine Partners, and gratitude is also due to all of the puppy parents and other volunteers who came by to support Wilko.

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