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Drop in for a dog's dinner

Monday 23rd June 2014

Dog owners can enjoy a meal out with their pets while supporting a life-saving cause when they visit the Cock Inn in Boughton Monchelsea.

The pet-friendly pub, which is a regular stopping point for walkers and dogs taking in the nearby Greensand Way, is repeating its “Dog’s Dinner” scheme, which this summer will benefit Maidstone Community First Responders.

For a donation of £2.50, owners can treat their pet with a meal of kibbles, gravy bones and chews. Last year a similar scheme raised £1,000 for Demelza House hospice.

Community First Responders are volunteers trained to respond to certain emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust. They can get to the scene of an emergency in a very short time and begin vital life-saving first aid before the ambulance arrives.

Each responder carries a defibrillator and a rucksack containing equipment such as oxygen and bandages. Each kit costs about £1.

Ryan Truelove, from the charity, said: “We are very grateful for every donation we receive. The equipment needed to take a patient’s blood pressure costs less than £12 so every penny counts to us.” 

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