SIX-week-old Guide Dog puppy Selsey is being officially sponsored by the animal-mad Warrington business owners Paul and Andrea Clark.
The husband and wife team, who run oven valeting company Ovenu Warrington, are supporting Selsey through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.
The black Labrador – who 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.
Paul 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 business owners we wanted to give something back by supporting a charity that helps provide life-changing independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.”
Andrea added: “It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to our clients who, without their continued support, we would not be in the position to sponsor this cute ball of fluff.”
The couple are devoted to their four adopted greyhounds, while Andrea also owns two horses.
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.
“We hope that during these difficult times the news of Selsey being born and the pupdates about her training journey will be something positive to look forward to.”
Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of the Ovenu franchise, said: “I’m delighted that Paul and Andrea are supporting such a wonderful and deserving charity and I’m sure their clients will be interested to follow Selsey’s progress.”
Ovenu has also set up a Just Giving page that allows clients to make further donations to Guide Dogs at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ovenuforguidedogs