Training At The Holiday Inn Winchester Is A Great Success
The Holiday Inn at Winchester has recently sponsored free accommodation and training facilities for the well known charity Hounds for Heroes, enabling injured service personnel to stay and train with their assistance dogs in the hotel, and to benefit from staying in the hotel’s well designed accessible rooms for their two weeks of training.
Allen Parton, Vice Chairman and founder of Hounds for Heroes commented: “I would like to say a huge thank-you to the Holiday Inn Winchester and staff for all that they have done for the charity in the last year. Hounds for Heroes is very much a charity in its infancy and everyday is a learning curve in our development, it truly is all in the detail. Holding our second residential training course in the Holiday Inn Winchester has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. In the initial planning meetings, on site pre familiarisation with the dogs prior to the course starting, the hotel has accommodated the charity at every turn. From both the disabled client’s and the dog’s perspective the hotel really is a home from home and all of us are convinced that the environment, both in regards to adaptive rooms, conference facilities and just general access to all areas, has been so enabling for the clients. Too often one can focus on the clever bells, gizmos and buzzer set up of a hotel and miss out on the most important factor ‘that truly willing and helpful member of the hotel team’ - well the hotel truly delivered on that in true style all through out the two week course.
Our own motto “solutions not problems” clearly seems to be one ethos equally adopted by the Holiday Inn team at Winchester because nothing ever presented a problem. The message that the management and staff of the Holiday Inn clearly send out is that they genuinely care and our response at Hounds for Heroes is equally clear ‘job well done team!’. We are so very proud to have the Holiday Inn ‘family’ standing shoulder to shoulder with us,” concluded Allen Parton.
Sarah Waddington, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Holiday Inn Winchester commented:
“We are really pleased to be able to make a difference and to be able to contribute to the success of the Hounds for Heroes veterans in training by sponsoring their accommodation and to know that they were comfortable, rested and well cared for by our team. Our staff also got a lot out of our connection with Hounds for Heroes, which does such a valuable job. With the veterans and their dogs staying in the hotel for two weeks, we all had an opportunity to form a connection with them, and of course we all loved having the dogs to stay for that length of time and so did our other guests. It is good to be in a position to sponsor the right kind of accommodation for the veterans in training and we look forward to an ongoing strategic partnership sponsoring the charity.”
Built just 4 years ago, the Holiday Inn Winchester has been designed to be totally accessible to visitors with disabilities and has eight fully adapted rooms, with interconnecting rooms for carers, and welcomes all service dogs into the hotel.
“The Hounds for Heroes dogs are trained to problem solve and to do all sorts of things to help our injured services personnel, from opening doors, picking up items, getting money from ATMs, opening train doors and they also bring the companionship and love that can be missing when someone becomes disabled,” said Allen Parton.
Inspired by Endal, Allen’s first service dog, and the way he had helped to transform his life, Allen wanted other injured military and emergency service personnel to also benefit from having the support of a service dog and so Hounds for Heroes was born.