Canine charity that helps veterans with PTSD receives generous donations

A charity that provides dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder has received a generous donation from Freemasons in Dorset, which will be used to reward veterans and their four-legged friends with trophies for greatest development.

Service Dogs UK – which provides specially trained service dogs to armed forces and emergency services veterans suffering from PTSD in the South West – received a £1,000 charitable donation from Dorset Freemasons.

The charity providing the service to veterans free of charge is the only ADI (Assistance Dogs International) accredited PTSD assistance dog charity in the UK.

The charity carefully selects rescue dogs who also need help, then trains them for their new role as service dogs.

Nigel Rousell, South West Hub Manager at Service Dogs UK said: “We are extremely grateful to Dorset Freemasons for their generous donation of £1,000 to our South West Hub. These funds will be earmarked for a rewards project we plan to launch.”

Dorset Echo: The South West Training Team: Nigel Rousell and Steve.  Image: Service Dogs UK

The Southwest Training Team: Nigel Rousell and Steve. Image: Service Dogs UK

Once rescue dogs have completed basic training, veterans train their own dog under the guidance of professional dog trainers for around nine to 12 months, which Service Dogs UK says benefits both the veteran and the dog greatly.

The annual rewards project awards a trophy to the veteran who makes the best progress with their dog.

Dorset Echo: Current Veterans and their Dogs.  Image: Service Dogs UK

Current veterans and their dogs. Image: Service Dogs UK

Graham Glazier, Director of Dorset Freemasonry, was invited to the Service Dog UK awards ceremony later in the year.

Mt Glazier said: “We are proud to support Service Dogs UK who help the brave who have served our country navigate their daily lives.”

Last December the Chief of Dorset Masons signed the Armed Forces Covenant at Armor Center Lulworth Camp.

The covenant is a pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly.

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Mr Glazier said: “Dorset Freemasons are committed to upholding the Armed Forces Covenant and to supporting the Armed Forces Community. We recognize the value that service personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families, bring to our country. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset is proud of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.”

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