Our Charities

The Mayor of Winchester has chosen three main charities for his year in office: MS Society, Canine Partners and Bishops Waltham North Pond Conservation Group

MS Society - My decision to adopt the MS Society was driven by my personal desire to do something to work towards the curing of this truly awful illness. My Sister was killed by this illness which came out of nowhere. It seems to affect all ages, almost always the kindest and cleverest. Over 100,000 of us in the UK have MS. It’s unpredictable, and different for everyone. It’s often painful, exhausting and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. Over the last 60 years, the MS Society have delivered vital information, care and support, improved diagnosis and led the development of new treatments and pioneering research. They have already made important breakthroughs, and are now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise. While they work towards a cure, they will continue to fight the corner for people affected by MS – demanding and delivering the highest quality care and support, wherever they live. I am hoping that your generosity will help us to continue that care and find that cure.

Canine Partners have a premier reputation for supplying assistance dogs for physically disabled adults. These dogs are not just friends to their partners but can open a fridge door, fill a washing machine, carry a mobile phone and take off a pair of socks. They can even enable those they assist to go out for a walk, giving them confidence to be outside without a carer. It takes around two years to train a canine partner, starting with a volunteer puppy parent. The puppy lives in their parents’ home, learning and being socialised. When they are around a year to 14 months old they head to advanced training at either of the charity’s training centres. Here they turn the basic skills learnt during puppyhood into those that will go on to transform the life of a disabled person

The Bishops Waltham North Pond Conservation project is close to my heart, I have been involved from the very start. Barry Jerome, our leader, has enthused a whole town to keep and enhance the Pond, which has always been something that people love about Bishops Waltham. This is my chance to fund this great project on into the future; I call it my heritage project.

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