MP attends fund-raiser to help ex-police pooches

Nigel Evans at police dog benevolent fund fundraiser
Nigel Evans at police dog benevolent fund fundraiser

A coffee morning held to boost cash for the Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund raised £630.

Dozens of people, including Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and Whalley councillor Joyce Holgate, attended the fund-raiser aimed at supporting ex-police dogs.

The cake stall itself made over £100. the book stall almost sold out and the Scarf and Bag Team did a roaring trade in scarves.

Organiser and founder of the charity, Mrs Sheila Maw said: “There were two demonstrations by the police dog team, which were greatly appreciated and many people were astonished at the work that they do and their tremendous ability – and obedience. “Compliments abounded from everyone. The police dog handlers were complimented on their skills and the understanding way they put it over to the people. Also in attendance was Hirro – a recently retired G.S.D. (German Shepherd) now living the life of luxury with a couple in Cliviger – Mr and Mrs Cannon. Jim Cannon is a retired policeman and a great supporter of our fund.”

Speaking after the event. Mr Evans said: “When a police dog is retired from active service there is no financial support in place to ensure that they are looked after. They are wonderfully effective in the fight against all sorts of crime, from antisocial behaviour and protecting officers from violent criminals to the detection of drugs. Police dogs perform a great public service and they ought to be looked after in their retirement just like anybody else retiring from the police force.”