WATCH: Sled dogs helping injured service personnel recover

Shane Kennedy & Elaine Corner

6:35am 13th September 2017

A new video celebrates the bond between beneficiaries and supporters of south Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes.

It shows amputee and army veteran Elaine Corner from Amesbury telling Sports coach Shaun Kennedy about her motorbike accident.

During the conversation, Elaine hears from Shaun about how his two seven-year-old Alaskan Malamutes, Mishka and Koda, help to provide therapy to wounded, injured and sick Veterans and Service Personnel.

The sports coach founded his own non-profit organisation, Sled Dogs As Therapy UK which provides services to recovery centres across the UK including Tedworth House in Tidworth.

The video is the fourth in a series which began with a heart-warming video of five-year-old fundraiser Tempy Pattinson and Iraq hero Simon Brown, which made national headlines and attracted more than 70m views.

These are part of the Facing it Together campaign, which aims to show audiences the tangible differences that Help for Heroes supporters make to the lives of Veterans and their families.

Mark Elliott, who helped Bryn and Emma Parry set up the charity in 2007 and is current Advocacy Ambassador for Help for Heroes, said:

"Elaine is a remarkable woman who has not let a disability hold her back in any way, while Shane is a kind-hearted volunteer whose dogs really do help to transform lives as Veterans recover from debilitating conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Both their stories underline how the companionship of animals can have a significant benefit in a therapeutic setting. It is so important that people from completely different backgrounds and ages can connect through a common cause, and that is exactly what we see here.

"We started Help for Heroes to raise money for Heroes and make the great British Public aware of our wounded, sick and Injured Heroes, but what has struck me above all is the passionate support we receive from fundraisers and supporters, tens of thousands of them. Help for Heroes continues its vital work and is entirely reliant on them.

"We are humbled and truly grateful for all the support and donations received, which changes the lives of our Heroes for the better - and no-one can ask for more than that."

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