Annette’s Websites of the Week 13th- 17th February 2012

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Annette's websites of the week – Last week I shared with you my admiration for a charity called Canine Partners. The charity works with dogs and disabled individuals to create a partnership where dogs truly do become a man’s best friend.

After my feature here on the blog about Bryon, a beautiful Labrador who helps owner Kate with everyday tasks, I was delighted to see the pair on the BBC’s ‘The One Show’. Their television debut was brilliant and has hopefully help raised the profile of Canine Partners as a charity.

Bryon and Kate

Bryon and Kate

Canine Partners work tirelessly to set up suitable partnerships which enable disabled people to regain independence. Most recently Canine Partners paired up with Help for Heroes helping injured service personnel get their life back on track.

However Canine Partners rely solely on generous donations giving to them from public supports, unlike other charities they don’t receive government funding. As a dog lover myself, and having witnessed the wonderful work which Canine Partners offer, I really hope that showcasing the charity here on my blog will boost a little more support.

Prince Harry with Canine Partners

Prince Harry with Canine Partners

If you love dogs or think that you could volunteer check out the Canine Partners website that contains all relevant information plus captivating success stories and the most adorable pictures. – This week the Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that she loves to read. Like her I’m an avid reader and recently I’ve embarked on digital method of reading with a Kindle. But the truth is I’ll never stray too far away from reading and purchasing paperback books.

I often find that books in high street stores are expensively priced especially when you can stumble across a best seller in a local charity only a couple of months later. Recently I’ve been shopping at The Book People; a dream website for those who enjoy reading as it stocks all of the latest releases for a fraction of the price.

The Book People

The Book People - Home Page

I couldn’t resist The Fabulous Baker Brothers cookery book which is currently half price on the site- I was so disappointed to see their new series come to an end on Channel 4 recently. And I’ve got my eye on a collection of Raymond Blanc cookery books after falling in love with his French cuisine on his new BBC Two show Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman.

My ultimate tip when shopping at The Book People, specifically if you’re buying novels is to look out for ‘collections’ as they seem to sell books series in a bundle at very responsible price (for example buy 16 Charles Dickens books together for only £26). Also keep an eye out for free delivery! – I’m delighted to say that Bath-Knight’s Call Centre Manager Emma is running this year’s Virgin London Marathon in aid of TeamPB – a combination of The Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care.

I can only imagine that getting motivated for a marathon is a little daunting but Virgin London Marathon has come up with some encouraging and unique ways to get runners motivated. Everything from training plans, advice from running experts and even a music programme which is designed to motivate runners to keep upbeat.

London Marathon 2012

Virgin London Marathon 2012

However their most successful technique has to be the spoof videos they’ve customised to each runner- a news bulletin citing said runner as the favourite to win. The videos are brilliantly funny and a little light relief from hard training and preparing ahead of the marathon in April.

I wish Emma all the very best- if you’d like to sponsor Emma please visit her Just Giving page.

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