Chippy plays name game for guide dog

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Docklands Fish & Chips shop have called on the public to name their new guide dog puppy. Pic © Albert Dock, Liverpool

Popular Albert Dock eatery, ‘Docklands Fish & Chips shop’, has called on customers to name their newly sponsored guide dog puppy.

Docklands, which is visited by thousands of tourists and locals each month, decided to launch the appeal after finding out that it costs a whopping total of £55,000 to support the lifetime cost of each guide dog partnership.

They are determined to change the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted by raising as much money as possible for local charity, ‘Guide Dogs in Merseyside and Cheshire’.

Tracey Digby, community fundraising development officer for Guide Dogs in Merseyside and Cheshire, said: “We are over the moon that Docklands Fish & Chips shop have chosen to support Guide Dogs in Merseyside and Cheshire and help change the lives of local blind or partially sighted people by naming and supporting their own puppy.

“We look forward to working together over the coming months to support their fundraising and are excited to see all the different suggestions for names from the customers.”

There are currently around 5,000 working guide dogs in the UK, providing their visually-impaired owners with life changing independence, freedom and mobility.

The Guide Dog service receives no government funding, and so relies entirely upon the generosity of the public, companies and other organisations, to continue bringing freedom, confidence and independence to visually impaired people.

Neil Medley, spokesperson for Docklands Fish & Chips shop, said: “We are hoping to raise £5,000 to name and cover the costs of our very own guide dog puppy’s first year of training. Come down and join in the fun by submitting your name in the shop.”

The staff at Docklands and Guide Dogs in Merseyside and Cheshire are encouraging the public to visit the shop, where they can enter their suggested name for the puppy into a draw and make a donation.

Some of the names already suggested include ‘Salty’, ‘Pepper’, and ‘Chip’.

The winner will be announced live on radio in a few months’ time and will receive a family meal for four at the chippy.

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