Vet­er­ans’ dog char­ity is ev­ery­one’s favourite

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The team be­hind a Scot­tish vet­er­ans’char­ity has been hon­oured as the na­tion’s favourite char­ity project in this year’s Na­tional Lot­tery Awards.

Bish­op­ton-based Brave­hound joined a star-stud­ded au­di­ence in­clud­ing celebri­ties Kim­ber­ley Walsh, Martin Kemp, Richard Black­wood and Tamzin Outh­waite as they ac­cepted their award at a gala event in Lon­don.

The project was recog­nised for its work us­ing Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing to match dogs with vet­er­ans, and help them re­turn to civil­ian life.

Many vet­er­ans face post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, and the char­ity of­fers much-needed sup­port and com­pan­ion­ship to for­mer mem­bers of the armed forces.

Fiona Mac­Don­ald, founder and di­rec­tor of Brave­hound, said:“We want to thank ev­ery­one who voted for us in the Na­tional Lot­tery Awards.

“It’s the money raised by Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers that has en­abled us to es­tab­lish Brave­hound and to be­gin to sup­port vet­er­ans through our won­der­ful dogs.

“It’s a huge hon­our to sup­port those who have risked their lives to keep all of us safe, and we’re so grate­ful for this recog­ni­tion.”

TV pre­sen­ter and Strictly Come Dancing cham­pion, Ore Oduba, who pre­sented the event, said the Na­tional Lot­tery Awards cel­e­brate the UK’s favourite Lot­tery-funded projects as voted for by the pub­lic.

He added:“They give de­served recog­ni­tion to ordinary peo­ple who do ex­tra­or­di­nary things with Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing.

“Their sto­ries make you smile, they make you cry, but above all, if you play the Na­tional Lot­tery, they make you proud to have sup­ported them”

Brave­hound beat off six other chal­lengers in a pub­lic vote to win the ti­tle. It will re­ceive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on the project as well as a Na­tional Lot­tery Awards tro­phy.

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