March Golf Club helps puppies to change lives after raising more than £2,000

Opal the labrador
Opal the labrador

Two puppies are on their way to becoming assistance dogs for people with disabilities after more than £2,000 was raised by March Golf Club.

The club’s Lady Captain Glenis Jones chose Dogs for Good as her charity for 2016, and money raised throughout the year has now been used to sponsor two puppies, Pasco and Opal.

The donation will help support black labrador Opal and golden labrador retriever-cross Pasco through their first year with their volunteer puppy socialiser.

At 16 months their socialisation will come to an end and they will return to the charity’s training centre in Banbury to meet their trainers learning the vital skills they need.

Skills include picking up dropped items, fetching the phone, loading and unloading the washing machine, calling lifts and helping someone dress and undress. They are also taught how to distract or comfort a child with autism, and how to keep them safe when out and about.

At about two-years-old they’re ready to become fully qualified assistance dogs.

Glenis said money was raised by the club through a number of fundraising events including a coffee morning and fine dining evening.

“It’s hard to believe these tiny puppies can one day provide the gift of independence to someone,” she said. “I’m extremely grateful to everyone who supported my charity and made this all possible.”