A very important puppy visited Rotalink on the Cropmead Industrial Estate in Crewkerne, to say thank you for setting her on a journey to becoming a life changing guide dog. Millie is now five months old and has already learnt many of the basic obedience commands that will be used when she goes out into the world as part of a guide dog partnership. Staff at Rotalink have been following Millie’s progress since she was born, as they donated £5,000to choose her name and sponsor her first year of training. Support from local companies like Rotalink is pivotal to the charity’s success as it costs Guide Dogs £5,000 to put each puppy through their first year of socialisation training.
Sharon Nichol of Rotalink said: “I lost my Belgian Shepherd in November. As she was a frequent visitor to the factory, we decided to name a Guide Dog puppy in her memory. It was really exciting to meet Millie and also great to meet her puppy walkers Lynda and Graham and to find out all about the training and what her personality is like.”
Community Fundraising Development Officer at Guide Dogs, Krissie Isaac said: “Puppy visits are really special. Our supporters get to see how much of an impact their donation has made to the charity with the training of the dog they have named. A huge thanks to Rotalink for their donation which will support Millie through her training as she learns the necessary skills to be a life changing Guide for someone who is blind or partially sighted.”
There are currently over 4,300 people living with sight loss in the South Somerset area. Without the support of the local community, Guide Dogs could not continue to provide their life changing services to local people suffering from sight loss. For more information on Name A Puppy Scheme and to find out how companies and groups can get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the South West Community Team on 0118 983 8722.