Blind Reds Fan leads Shankly Tribute

Liverpool fan Lee with guide dog EmilyLifelong Liverpool Football Club fan, Lee Hodgson from Haydock is leading the way in a very personal tribute to one of his Liverpool heroes, Bill Shankly.

Ever since he can remember, Lee has been a fanatical Liverpool fan, never missing a game, whether he has been at the ground or tuned into the radio commentary wherever he has been in the country.

Lee decided that in what would have been Bill Shankly's hundredth year, he would like to fundraise for a guide dog puppy to be named Shankly in his honour so that another blind person would never have to walk alone.

Lee, now 46, lost his sight due to an aggressive cancer behind the eye, detected at just 20 months and has been blind from the age of 16. When he was just 17, Lee decided to apply for his first guide dog and has never looked back since.

Now with his fifth guide dog, 2 year old Labrador-cross Golden Retriever Emily, Lee is as independent as ever. Commenting on his fundraising mission, Lee said,  "I just know that I can go wherever I want, when I want with Emily by my side. For me, guide dogs really are the Rolls Royce of mobility aids and I just couldn't be without my Emily.

"Billy Shankly was one of our greatest club heroes, and his vision of You'll Never Walk Alone really translates itself perfectly to those who have a guide dog. As a result, on what would be his hundredth year, I can think of nothing more fitting than raising money for a new guide dog puppy called Shankly."

If you would like to support Lee in his challenge to raise £5,000 to name this very special guide dog puppy, please visit Lee's justgiving page: or text SHGD90 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.
You may also contact the Guide Dogs Liverpool team on 0118 9838749.