Guide Dogs’ ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence to live their life to the full. Over 360,000 people in the UK are registered blind or partially sighted and of these 35,000 are children or young people.
In total over 2 million people in the UK live with some form of sight loss. Guide Dogs purpose is to provide life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss, and also for their friends and family.
They are also the UK’s largest trainer of working assistance dogs in the world and are known for raising happy and healthy working dogs with excellent welfare considerations – and plenty of wagging tails!
As long-term supporters of the Guide Dogs charity we are delighted to have reached our first target enabling BSS to participate in the Name a Puppy scheme with the hope that the selected puppy, once trained, will go on to help someone affected by sight loss in our community . We would like to say a huge thank you to all the family, friends, customers, and business partners that helped us raise the £5000.
Named in honour of our Managing Director Paul’s grandmother, Hilda will be a very special guide dog indeed especially as Paul’s grandmother had 2 grandchildren with visual impairment. Once born, we will be following Hilda’s progress closely as she is trained into a winning guide dog and loyal companion who will help her owner with their day-to-day life.
Due to current global events, Guide Dogs had temporarily paused their breeding programme to ensure that loving first homes could be provided through their puppy walking volunteer scheme. However, the charity is now expecting puppies later in the year. This does mean that we might have to wait a little longer than expected to get to know Hilda, but I think you’ll agree it will be well worth it when we start getting photo updates of her progress.
In the UK, a person loses their sight every hour – when this happens, Guide Dogs are there to help them to keep their independence. Not only this, but guide dogs and their owners form close emotional bonds and quickly become best friends. If you are considering supporting this wonderful charity, you can find more information here:
Check back with us later in the year to find out what’s next for Hilda’s journey, expect pupdates and plenty of photos!
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