Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping is celebrating raising the £5000 needed to sponsor a guide dog and customers will be able to vote on site to name the young pup.
The team behind the leading retail centre have worked with stores and customers to raise the money through a variety of events and collect tins to be able to sponsor the dog, which will go on to become a lifesaver.
“There are over two million people living with sight loss in the UK and so everybody that we can help is a step in the right direction.
“Customers will be invited to vote between four names: Bingo, Pickle, Harper and Jessie, onsite via our voting machine in our Guest Facilities area, near the indoor play area. The voting will remain open until November 7 and we can’t wait to see what our customers decide to name this lucky puppy!”
The previous dogs have been called Laker, Parker, Buddy, Treacle, Willow and Cookie.
The centre will provide regular ‘pupdates’ throughout the first year to let everyone know about the dog’s progress as they grow up.
Guide dog puppies spend around 24 months in training, and many go on to be successful guide dogs, helping somebody with a visual impairment live the life they choose. Some may also become buddy dogs, helping children with sight loss with their confidence, or a companion dog, helping an adult living with sight loss with their health and wellbeing, and reducing feelings of isolation.
Kim Hutchings, Community Fundraising Manager for Guide Dogs said: “We are so grateful to staff and customers of Lakeside Village for their incredible support over the years. It costs nearly £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and Lakeside’s generous donation through naming a puppy will go a long way in helping us continue our life-changing work.”
Guide Dogs is celebrating its 90th anniversary this autumn. For more information on how you can support them, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/appeal