Students’ help for retired police dogs

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RETIRED police dogs have been given a helping hand from County Durham students.

East Durham College’s Uniformed Public Services department held a fund-raising day for Paws Up, the Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund.

The group of 15 students from the Peterlee-based college dedicated a whole day to boosting cash through a number of different activities, such as raffles, collections and throwing cold wet sponges at members of staff.

Together the team managed to raise £150, which they presented to the charity, which gives handlers and new owners a helping hand with day to day care costs, including vet bills, after the dogs have retired from active duty.

Gill Draper, Uniformed Public Services course Leader, said: “The group came up with some excellent fund-raising ideas this year.

“They worked hard to ensure they made as much money as possible on the fund-raising day.

“The students work very closely with Durham Police throughout their course so they were very pleased to be able to help this very worthwhile cause.”

Pc Ian Squire from Paws Up said: “We have been delighted with the enthusiasm and enterprise shown by the students in raising such a fabulous amount of money for Paws Up.

“This has been a hugely successful way for Durham Police to engage with local students by interacting with the Dog Support Unit.”

For more information about Paws Up, visit