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Reds lend a paw to Dogs Trust

Harriers go one paw further in the local area…



Dogs Trust Evesham's Education Officer Charlotte Paddock, with Education Dog Diggle

THANKS to Dogs Trust Evesham and a dedicated member of Kidderminster Harriers staff, the club are making sure that it’s not just humans benefiting from the reds’ work within the community!

From an expansion of the club’s youth and community set-up to work with Disability Confident and Dementia Action, Harriers are striving to immerse themselves within the local area and connect with local people.

But far be it from those at Aggborough to discriminate, it was decided we shouldn’t just leave it at people – which is where this latest idea comes in!

Each season the club is required to purchase hundreds of new footballs for training and matches so – even with more players and teams than ever – there is still the potential for some waste. After all, what to do with dozens of old footballs?

That’s where golden retriever Diggle, a familiar face in and around the club most days with his human dad Matt Paddock, had the great idea of donating the balls to his pals at Dogs Trust!

“…they are very popular with dogs who are looking for new toys while they wait for new homes.”  Matt Paddock

Diggle’s human mum, Charlotte, is an Education Officer for Dogs Trust and recently took a handful over to the rehoming centre at Evesham and – ever one to spot a photo opportunity – was on hand to help take delivery!

Matt commented: “We’re never short of footballs here, so with so many of them not being used it seemed sensible to take them somewhere where they’d be really useful. Diggle, who also does some education work there, has taken credit for the idea but, in truth, Dave Mole once again is someone who deserves the plaudits!

“As well as taking some balls to Forest Dogs in Kidderminster, Dave sent Diggle and Charlotte off to Evesham with a stash where they have gone down a treat and are very popular with dogs who are looking for new toys while they wait for new homes.”

We’d like to thank the teams at Dogs Trust Evesham and Forest Dogs for their help and trust the footballs will keep plenty of pairs of paws busy and entertained!


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