ANKERSIDE shoppers have proven just how generous they are by digging deep and donating more than £600 to charity Canine Partners in just a single day.
The charity, that aims to transform the lives of those living with physical disabilities by pairing them with assistance dogs, visited the centre to raise awareness about the vital work they do. During that time, Ankerside shoppers donated a staggering £641.
“This is a remarkable total to raise in just one day,” said Ankerside Centre Manager Jeff Wigley (or should that he Wagley!?). “As a key part of the Tamworth community we support a whole host of different charities and good causes and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help Canine Partners with their fundraising.
“The work that Canine Partners does is vital to those that have a variety of physical disabilities and conditions that means they need help from their four-legged friends. The money donated by our fantastic shoppers will go towards helping train the next generation of assistance dogs for the charity and I’m thrilled that we’re able to play a part in that.”
Canine Partners’ fundraising assistant Charlotte Jopling said: “We are incredibly grateful to Ankerside Shopping Centre to giving us such a fantastic fundraising opportunity and all of the generous shoppers who helped us raise a whopping £642 in just one day at the centre.
“Our volunteers also enjoyed the opportunity to raise awareness of volunteering opportunities and shoppers had the chance to meet three puppies that are training to become assistance dogs. This is the third year we have visited the shopping centre and during that time we have raised more than £2,493.
“Canine Partners receives no government funding so we rely on the generosity of organisations and members of the public to help us pay to train our amazing assistance dogs that transform the lives of disabled people by supporting them with everyday tasks.”