Meet the Guide Dog puppy being sponsored by a Lytham businesswoman
Meet Selsey, the six-week-old Guide Dogs puppy which is being officially sponsored by Fylde coast businesswoman Sandra Gee.
The former Army medic, who runs oven valeting service Ovenu Lytham is supporting Selsey through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.
The black Labrador - which has six siblings Cosmo, Peegee, Dougall, Polly, Jessie, and Billy – was recently placed with a puppy raiser who will start to teach her the skills essential to
become a future guide dog.
Sandra, who lives in Blackpool, launched the business nine months ago – recently taking on subcontractor Edward Millar to cope with a growing order book.
She said: “The past 12 months have been a difficult and challenging time for everyone, not least Guide Dogs, which has experienced a fall in income due to the pandemic.
“As a business owner I want to give something back by supporting a charity that helps provide life-changing independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.
“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I would not be in a position to be able to sponsor this cute ball of fluff!”
Victoria Noyce-Guthrie, of Guide Dogs, said: “We rely on donations and Ovenu’s kind support will allow us to make a life changing difference to someone living with sight loss, by providing
a guide dog.”
Ovenu Lytham, which serves homes and businesses across Lytham and the surrounding areas, continues to accept bookings at its discretion, with the strict stipulation that both parties
observe the two-metre social distancing rule, along with guidelines on hygiene and cleanliness.
Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of the Ovenu franchise, said: “I’m delighted that Sandra is supporting such a wonderful and deserving charity.”
Ovenu has set up a Just Giving page that allows clients to make further donations to Guide Dogs.
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