Mondelez staff swop jelly babies for dogs

Staff at Mondelez International, home of Bassetts in Hillsborough, Sheffield, swopped jelly babies for dogs this week as they helped raise awareness of Support Dogs’ urgent need for more canines.

Support Dogs provide and train assistance dogs for children and adults with autism, epilepsy and physical disability.

Because of high public demand the charity is desperate for more dogs to put through its three training programmes.

Thirteen staff from Mondelez International took part in a day of volunteering in Sheffield city centre to spread the word, handing out posters and flyers and talking to the public about Support Dogs, highlighting its need for more dogs.

They then visited the charity’s headquarters in Brightside to watch a dog training session to gain a better understanding of the work involved.

Suzanne Morrell, Quality Manager at Mondelez International said: “The team enjoyed the day and we all hope that all the miles we walked bring about some positive results.We’re very happy to help Support Dogs in any way we can. They do a great job and are such a worthwhile charity.”

Fundraising manager at Support Dogs Danny Anderson said: “We’re thrilled that staff from Mondelez International volunteered to help us tell the public about our appeal for more trainee dogs.

“Last year saw a doubling in demand for our services, and we received more than 3,500 requests from individuals and families in need, so we have a very long waiting list of people wanting us to provide and train a dog.

“We don’t have our own breeding programme, and instead our trainee dogs come from many different sources such as rescue centres, dogs’ homes or pet dogs; we are champions for dogs who need a second chance. They can enable people with a range of challenging medical conditions to lead fuller, more independent lives.”