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Canine Partners given a boost thanks to kind hearted Staffordshire Moorlands performers

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

Pictured is Chris Timewell holding eight month old Wilmott, handing over a cheque to Rob Pepper for £1,000 (plus gift aid), at a recent concert held at Stoke Methodist Church.

Pictured is Chris Timewell holding eight month old Wilmott, handing over a cheque to Rob Pepper for £1,000 (plus gift aid), at a recent concert held at Stoke Methodist Church.

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A CHARITY has received a cash boost thanks to a group of kind-hearted singers and musicians.

The Staffordshire music band 'Sounds of Music' has presented Dilhorne man Rob Pepper with a cheque for £1,000 for Canine Partners which he trains dogs for.

Canine Partners is a charity which trains Assistance Dogs for the disabled.

Mr Pepper works with the charity and as well as helping to train the dogs is always keen to promote the charity and raise much needed funds.

Mr Pepper said: "It takes two years to train a dog ready to go with its new wheelchair partner at a cost of £10,000 each.

"Following a chance meeting with a small group of people at a local carvery near Leek at the end of 2012 I then received a call at the start of this year. The group I had spoken to back in 2012 turned out to be five singers/musicians known as the Sounds of Music.

"For 40 years they have been providing small concerts free of charge, across Staffordshire, with all money raised going to a different charity.

"They told me that for 2013 they had chosen Canine Partners and as a result of that meeting 12 months earlier, much to mine and Canine Partners' delight."

Anyone wishing to find out more about Canine Partners can call Rob on 07974 824215.

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