New video stars Heyshott based Canine Partners

NATIONAL Express coach company celebrated International Dog Day on Tuesday (August 26) with a special video release created with assistance dog charity Canine Partners based at Heyshott.

The video showcases the work of the charity, which provides life-changing assistance dogs specially trained to carry out tasks such as using a cash point or taking washing out of the machine.

It will be used to help raise awareness among drivers and staff about disability issues and its release has been timed to coincide with International Dog Day, a day which sees man’s best friend celebrated in events across the globe.

The special release comes after the UK’s largest coach operator joined forces with Canine Partners in a ground-breaking partnership – believed to be a UK first – that will benefit disabled people across the UK.

A crucial part of the partnership sees National Express provide free travel to people training assistance puppies. People giving up their time to look after the puppies will be eligible to travel free with their young dog to and from any of around 1,000 National Express stops across the UK. This is to help with the crucial process of familiarising the dogs with the sights and sounds of public transport.

The partnership comes as Canine Partners, which operates from several bases across the country, including 14 puppy ‘satellites’ – or training groups –celebrates its 24th year supporting disabled people.

The link-up – a move set to benefit disabled people including civilians, veterans and servicemen and women – has also seen National Express customers donate thousands of pounds.