A Royal Man’s Best Friend

I’m not sure if I’ve said before but 8 of my years in the RAF were spent as an RAF Police Dog Handler. After my last post countdown where I talked about guys coming home after being injured & 3 being killed it’s good to be able to share a link about troops coming home safely after their tour.
Yes they are Military Working Dogs but their role is as crucial as any in the environment our forces find themselves in. I’m proud to say I have friends who served as search dog handlers in Iraq & Afghanistan and am pleased to say they made it home safely unlike Liam Tasker & Theo
who died hours after Liam was killled and was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal instituted in 1943 and awarded to any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with British Empire armed forces or civil emergency services.
Liam & Theo
exemplified the best tradition of the military use of animals and the bond between service animals and the servicemen they are partnered with. Help for Heroes work with Canine Partners a charity whose aim is to assist people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and a better quality of life, by providing specially trained assistance dogs. Just how Canine Partners can help is explained in ex Royal Marine Steve & his Canine Partner Kizzie’s story . You can see how Kizzie supports Steve here
Steve found out about Canine Partners while he was recovering at Headley Court which benefitted from £8M of financial support from Help for Heroes and was today hosting a visit by HM The Queen & HRH Prince Phillip their first to the centre.
It’s great to see The Queen visiting Headley

& boosting the morale of patient’s, families & staff and you can do your bit by boosting my fundraising for the Help for Heroes Hero Ride by texting BBBR51 £2 to 70070 or dropping in to The Hidden Cellar & dropping some pennies in the collecting tin or by visiting my online donation page at Bmycharity
Thanks for reading
Simon

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