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Dogs for the Disabled goes to the ball!

A glittering evening of entertainment for the pet industry has raised over £170,000 for charity Dogs for the Disabled. The money will have a direct impact on the charity’s work training assistance dogs to help disabled children and adults.

Peter Gorbling, Andy Lee, Henry and Anthony PrestonThe summer ball which was held in June was hosted by Pets at Home founder Anthony Preston. Thanks to Pets at Home’s support nearly £1,000,000 has been raised over the past five years to support the charity’s work. The ball was sponsored by Anthony and Margaret Preston, Pets at Home, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Crown Petfoods, Mars Petcare, Proctor and Gamble and Flowers Direct.

Peter Gorbing, chief executive of Dogs for the Disabled said: “We are incredibly grateful to Anthony and Margaret Preston for organising such a special event and to all the guests who supported the charity by attending the summer ball. An assistance dog is often the only means of independence for our clients and they provide a vital link between a disabled person and their community. The money raised will have a direct impact on our work, helping us to train more assistance dogs for disabled people and supporting our existing partnerships with their on-going care.”

Dogs for the Disabled is the only UK charity training assistance dogs for both physically disabled children, adults and children with autism – a project launched earlier this year which the charity believes will make great in-roads into helping break down barriers for autistic children.
Dogs for the Disabled receives no governments funding, so every donation really does make a difference. For more information, visit