Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lotto Winners Unite to Help a Worthy Cause

UK Lotto winners Mark and Trina Myatt picked up their paint brushes last week and got busy adding some color to the Canine Partners Southern Training Centre at Heyshott in Sussex.

The Hemel Hempstead couple, who scooped a £1 million win in 2009, were joined by 19 other National Lottery winners and, with a combined wealth of nearly £50 million, they were probably the wealthiest group of painters ever to apply a lick of paint in a good cause.

Over 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair and have difficulties performing everyday tasks. Canine Partners specializes in providing specialist training to dogs, and tailoring it to individual needs, so the dogs can help with tasks their disabled human partners may find difficult such as picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, and loading and unloading washing machines.

The Lotto volunteers visited the training center on Monday, May 19, 2014, and brightened the place up by adding a few coats of fresh paint to the puppy hall, the reception area, and the outside fencing.

Andy Cook, CEO of Canine Partners, said: "We were very grateful that so many National Lottery winners were prepared to give up their time, roll-up their sleeves and help us transform the training center."

The goodwill visit was arranged by National Lottery organizers Camelot UK. Canine Partners is also a past recipient of one of the 430,000 National Lottery grants that have been distributed to worthy causes around the UK.