71 (City of London) Signal Regiment
71 (City of London)
SIGNAL REGIMENT PLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL CHARITY
Helping to put something back into the Community and support injured Servicemen and Women and members of civilian emergency services, 71 (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment have pledged to support the Hounds for Heroes charity and has nominated it as their chosen charity for the year.
Members of the Regiment, based in Bexleyheath,Kent, joined their Commanding Officer and colleagues from the Regiment last week at the charity’s Headquarters in Petersfield to pledge their support to founder Allen Parton.
Squadron Sergeant Major Adrian Keeble (42) who has been with the Regiment for 16 years said, “What an amazing charity to support, we listened to Mr Parton explain about the charity and were speechless to hear how the dogs are trained and what they can achieve.”
Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to both injured and disabled men and women from both the UK Armed Forces and civilian emergency services and to provide help and practical support to enhance quality of life.
During the weekend of 21 July, the Regiment raised over £5,000 for the Hounds for Heroes when a team, made up from all of the Regiment’s Squadron’s, demonstrated their fitness and resilience using cross trainers, rowing machines, bikes, and treadmills, to customers at Sainsbury’s in Crayford South London.
Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Craig Sutherland said. “I met Allen two years ago, and promised that when I took over my own Regiment , I would help, it is a wonderful story and a wonderful thing to be able to do.” He added, “As the Regiment’s chosen charity our aim is to raise as much money as possible to assist them in achieving their mission.”
71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment are not stopping there! Colonel Sutherland said, “We are now organising a Hounds for Heroes charity Boxing Dinner – appropriately named ‘THE DOGFIGHT’, the event is on the 29 November 2012 at Wellington Barracks in London, and we are looking to raise a considerable amount of money”.
There are currently over 900,000 men and women from both the armed forces and emergency services who are injured, disabled and traumatised and need support.
Founder and Vice-Chairman Allen Parton said, “What has been absolutely amazing and truly humbling is the unprecedented level of support the charity now receives from front line troops both at home and overseas.
Allen added, “We first met Colonel Sutherland over two year ago at Crufts, and it was then he pledged his support.”
The Charity is very much in its infancy, and now has 12 ‘cadet puppies’ on parade, a fit for purpose training centre in Petersfield, Hampshire and the drive and dedication to meet the needs of those wanting a life-changing Hounds for Heroes dog.
Allen continued, “The support given to Hounds for Heroes by Colonel Sutherland, his Regiment and the local community, sends out a very clear message to those injured and those members of the forces currently serving on the front line that folk do care. That is a priceless message to be sending out. To the Colonel and his team..It is a job well done!”