Grand Opening of The Doghouse with Patron Chris Packham

Chris Packham with Oscar the assistance dog

Written by Vicky Brighton

1 August 2023

Our new training centre

On Sunday 23rd July Dogs for Autism marked a momentous occasion with the opening of our new training centre, The Doghouse.

Chris Packham, patron of our charity, renowned naturalist and television presenter, officially unveiled the plaque to open the new Dogs for Autism training centre with CEO, Hilary Armour.

Special thanks to the Run the Ring team, all our charity ambassadors including our most recent ambassador, Dr Scott Miller Vet On The Hill, who helped us officially open ‘The Doghouse’ with invited partners, their assistance dogs and friends.

Thank you to VDub Radio

The day went with a swing thanks to some incredible tunes from the team at The Sunday Social Show from VDub Radio. Presenters John and Barrie from the Sunday Social Show broadcast LIVE from the event, getting everyone involved and their presence certainly elevated the whole day.

With the help of the incredible Run the Ring volunteers, The Doghouse has been transformed into the perfect place for all our trainee assistance dogs to learn and develop their skills.

The opening of the new training centre means that we can offer the best possible training for our assistance dogs in a modern, safe and high-spec environment.

To everyone who has given their time and specialist know-how, your hard work, dedication and creativity are an inspiration to all of us. Your work will enable our autistic partners realise their full potential and help change lives.


Watch the coverage of the BBC South Today report from the event here.


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