National Lottery millionaires from Hemel Hempstead gave something back to the community when they joined other jackpot winners to volunteer at the Canine Partners National Training Centre on Monday.
Mark and Trina Myatt, who won 1,014,308 on the Lotto, joined a team of 19 – with a combined worth of nearly £50 million – in donning their overalls to give the centre’s reception, training hall and outdoor fencing a fresh lick of paint.
Canine Partners trains dogs for people with disabilities in Sussex.
It tailors the dog’s training to each applicant’s individual needs, training them to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.
They train dogs for those with even the most complex conditions including members of HM Armed Forces.
Andy Cook, CEO of Canine Partners, said: “We were very grateful that so many National Lottery winners were prepared to give up their time, roll-up their sleeves and help us transform the training centre.
“Their hard work and enthusiasm really shone through and who knows – we may be able to recruit some new puppy parents now that they’ve seen the dogs being put through their paces.”
Players raise, on average, more than £33m for National Lottery-funded projects every week.
Canine Partners has benefited from one of the 430,000 National Lottery grants distributed to arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary projects.