Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs becomes AFC Bournemouth charity partner

Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs has been chosen as Charity Partners by AFC Bournemouth for both the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. It is one of four Charity Partners that will receive support from the Cherries over the coming two seasons through player appearances, signed merchandise and club media support. Helpful Hounds were extremely grateful to appointed as a result of a vote by Junior Cherries.

Peter Rufus, CEO said: “This is wonderful News, and we are looking forward to developing this relationship with the Club to promote both parties over the next two seasons.  We were told a couple of weeks ago that we would be a Charity Partner but were unable to say anything until now. It has been so difficult to keep quiet while everything was worked out.  This is a great recognition for our charity, staffed mainly by Volunteers where we are all working extremely hard to support our families, adults, and Schools. Having good news like this makes it very special”.

Helpful Hounds is a mental health charity that helps change lives, using the training of Assistance Dogs for those dealing with autism, Down’s syndrome, acute anxiety, or other mental impairments as well as physical disablements.

They provide support for:

  • Young people, families and adults
  • Schools and colleges dealing with special needs students
  • Alternative Provision Education at the request of local authorities/education authorities

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