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MADL donates funds to sponsor puppy

Published on 07 April 2014

For the fourth year running Nisa’s charity, Making A Difference Locally, supports Canine Partners by donating £10,000 towards the training and sponsoring of a puppy to assist people with disabilities.

Previously Nisa has sponsored four puppies, Tia, Astro, Gooch, Ursula and most recently Elvis- this donation will go towards the training of the Labrador cross, Elvis, to assist his disabled partner to live more independently, as well as bringing companionship, a sense of security and social interaction.

Nisa’s support is vital in helping the charity because Canine Partners receives no government funding. There are a growing number of partnerships, currently totalling over 260 and during 2013 Canine Partners matched 67 people with specially trained dogs- more than any previous year.

Whilst 75% of the funds raised through Making A Difference Locally (MADL) are donated to local charities and good causes chosen by members, an additional 15% of the funds are donated to national and international charities nominated by the MADL board, from which this £10,000 donation has been made. Additionally, 5% is donated to charities selected by staff at both Nisa and Costcutter.

John Sharpe, MADL board member, said: “MADL is a fantastic charity which helps both local and national charities, as well as good causes that depend on vital donations. The £10,000 donation will provide a significant boost to Canine Partners and help them continue to offer their brilliant services for those who need it most.”

Over 2,000 stores nationwide, that are members of Nisa, participate in the Making A Difference Locally charity. Through the sale of selected products in store, it enables retailers to give back to their local community by donating funds to local charities and good causes.

Lindsay Hurrell, community fundraiser for Canine Partners, said: “We are over the moon to be supported by Nisa once again because their funding makes a huge difference to be able to fully train assistant dogs.

“With the £10,000 Elvis will be able to learn everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, retrieving items and turning on appliances amongst others.

“The dogs make a huge difference to the lives of people with a disability and each dog is specifically trained for that person’s needs.”

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