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Support Dogs scheme gets boost

Safety, independence and well being of people living with epilepsy, autism or disabilities enhanced as another corporate partner backs national charity Support Dogs.

A family living with epilepsy, autism or physical disabilities will have its spirits lifted as a new puppy will soon enter the Support Dogs training academy sponsored by diagnostic imaging experts Canon Medical Systems UK under its #madeforlife philosophy.

For the next two years a puppy will be readied in life-saving and independence inspiring skills before being matched with an owner to provide a lifetime of assistance.

Danny Anderson, Fundraising Manager at Support Dogs, explains:

Assistance dogs change lives. They breathe life and energy back into families that have been struggling to cope with everyday tasks or events.

As we are solely funded by donations, partnerships with companies such as Canon Medical Systems UK are critical to ensure the flow of new puppies into our training scheme and enable more people across the UK to access the caring canine companion they need.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, added:

For people living with constant anxiety, isolation or illness, a support dog brings so much positive change to their everyday lives. As part of our company 2020 vision we feel that it isn’t just our role to supply diagnostic imaging systems to the NHS and independent hospitals, but that we have a moral obligation to promote good health and well being beyond pure financial gains.

Sponsoring a puppy through its 2-year specialist training will make such a difference to a family.

For more information or to donate to Support Dogs visit

Image: Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems (centre) with other members of the Canon Medical Systems UK team meet Willow, an autism assistance dog specially trained by Support Dogs.