A KIND-HEARTED Solihull business man is supporting a puppy through its guide dog training.
Elliott Robinson, who runs oven valeting company Ovenu Solihull, is giving Selsey a financial helping hand through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.
Selsey – a 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.
Elliott, who has operated the business since 2007, 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 sponsor this cute ball of fluff.
“I’m also keen to share the regular ‘pupdates’ I will receive, which I hope can raise more awareness about the charity’s work.”
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.”
For details on naming and sponsoring a guide dog puppy please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/nameapuppy