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Canine Partners announces New Chairman
Captain David Newberry to take over from Nicky Pendleton

Canine Partners, the charity which specialises in providing disabled people with highly trained assistance dogs, has announced that Captain David Newberry will be taking over the role as Chairman with immediate effect. He replaces Nicky Pendleton who steps down, as planned, after a three-year period.

As a founder member of the Charity, Nicky has successfully steered it through some very interesting and challenging times during her role as Chairman. Nicky reflects on her experience with the Charity, “Having been involved with Canine Partners since the early days, I have seen it grow and evolve over time. I am particularly proud to have been involved in the acquisition and building of a new National HQ and training centre. I never fail to be impressed by the staff, volunteers and fundraisers that work with us, as well as the amazing capabilities of the dogs and partners. Although stepping down from my role as Chairman, I will still be actively involved in the Charity and look forward to charting its progress over the coming years.”

Captain David Newberry, who has been involved with the Charity since 1999 and a Trustee since June 2001, now takes over the role of Chairman. David spent 32 years in the Royal Navy and has been Captain of HMS Warrior in Portsmouth for the last 7 years. “Ever since I first came into contact with Canine Partners, I have felt inspired to be involved with the Charity,” comments David. “We will be fully up and running in our new facilities by early 2005, which will give us the opportunity to train more dogs and increase the number of partnerships we have nationwide – a plan I am looking forward to playing a part in.”

Canine Partners is a progressive charity, which aims to transform the lives of people with disabilities enabling them to lead more independent lives, by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs. Their dogs assist their Partners with numerous practical tasks such as shopping and dressing; and the relationship that develops between the dog and their Partner creates tremendous emotional benefits.

For further information on Canine Partners, please call 08456 580480 or visit