National charity, Canine Partners, is coming together with almost 600 charities to thank supporters who donated through the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019.
Through this year’s Christmas Challenge, Canine Partners raised £92,500 to fund amazing assistance dogs in just seven days. “We would like to thank everyone for their incredible support, donations and hard work in spreading awareness about The Big Give for Canine Partners” says Cat Harvey, Head of Donor Development at Canine Partners. “The total raised this year will make a huge difference and will enable us to continue our mission to transform the lives of people living with physical disabilities.”
Canine Partners trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.
The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. The Big Give’s record-breaking campaign, which ran from 3rd – 10th December 2019, generated over £15 million in vital funding for good causes across the country, matching donations pound for pound until the funding pot was empty. Matched funding was provided by over 20 funding champions, including Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Four Acre Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with charities raising additional match funding through their own network of philanthropists and funders.
“The public’s generosity to this year’s Christmas Challenge has been phenomenal. It demonstrates just how much the public values the work of UK charities and the services they provide,” says Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, founder of The Big Give. “Match funding has proved yet again to be an incredibly powerful incentive to give, enabling the public to maximise their impact on good causes. We’re deeply thankful to our funding champions for their crucial role in this campaign and inspiring the nation to give.”
Find out more about Canine Partners at caninepartners.org.uk.
Registered office: Heyshott, Midhurst, West Sussex