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Farm near Lichfield opens its doors for charity

An open day at a farm near Lichfield is set to raise money for a charity which provides assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities.

Blythe House Farm will throw open its doors on Sunday (September 23) from 11am to 4pm in support of Canine Partners.

The event is an opportunity to see all the businesses that make up this vibrant working community, alongside other guest attractions including painting, felt making and jewellery making. There will also be a solo exhibition of The Colour of Water by Deborah Walker RI, cookery demonstrations, beer tasting, vintage and classic car displays, outdoor clothing and a farmers market.

Organiser George Astley said: “This is the second year of holding this event, which showcases the array of local businesses we have on-site at Blythe House Farm.

“This year we have chosen for proceeds to go to Canine Partners, due to the impressive work the charity does in changing the lives of people with disabilities.”

Canine Partners will also carry out two demonstrations on the day, showing the skills of a dog to include picking up dropped items, removing clothing and fetching the telephone.

Paul McKenzie from Staffordshire has diabetic severe neuropathy and graduated with canine partner Millie in 2010.

“I have found that people talk to me now, I’m not just an adult in a wheelchair – they ask about Millie, they ask about me and they just chat,” he said. “If I drop something, I no longer have to attempt to pick it up and risk falling from my wheelchair as Millie is always there to pick it up and give it back to me.

“Instead of my life just drifting by, I’ve re-discovered it thanks to Millie.”

Entry to the Open Day is free of charge, with donations requested for food and drinks. For further information call 01889 504016 or email

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