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Former Serviceman Alan Hughes From Coppull Who Is Taking Part In The Poppy Appeal Launch In London Pictured With His Guide Dog KimOver 40 military serving personnel, veterans and their families took part in the inaugural Poppy Parade last week – taking the first official poppy of this year’s Poppy Appeal from The Royal British Legion’s headquarters to Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street.

We are very proud to announce that Chorley guide dog owner, Alan Hughes, with guide dog Kim, were amongst the special guests invited to be part of the celebrations. Alan is at the forefront of the Royal British Legion's advertising campaign for the Poppy Appeal this year. If you would like to read more about the newspaper article.

The Manchester Mobility Team are delighted that the Mayor of Wigan has picked Guide Dogs for her charity of the Year.

Mayor Making 1

L- R back Joan Mee Mayross with GD Russell , Susan Loudon Mayor of Wigan, Mrs Flecther & Mr Flether with Puppy Warrio.  Front Emma Allen-taylor Engagement Officer with training Dog Quin

The Manchester Mobility Team are delighted that the Mayor of Wigan has picked Guide Dogs for her charity of the Year. The Mayor Making Ceremony that happened at the end of May and can be seen on BBC1's Call the Council Program (Series 2 Episode 25 about 36 minutes in) You will see Susan Loudon being made Mayor of Wigan and her Sister Joan Mee with her guide dog Russell becoming the Mayoress. Russell is the first mayor dog for Wigan so it is going to be a very exciting year.

Councillor Susan Loudon - Mayor of Wigan 2015 - 2016.

The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Susan Loudon is very proud to assume the role of Mayor of Wigan. The Mayor's chosen charity is Guide Dogs. Susan says "The reason I chose this particular charity is because my sister Joan, the Mayoress, is partially sighted and has Russell a trained guide dog, to help her lead a full and active life."

Marie’s Puppy Pledge

Marie, a guide dog owner from Shaw, is hoping to raise £5,000 in memory of her beloved Guide Dog that helped to turn her life around.

Daily Mail Guide Dog Exclusion Story

Guide Dog Owner asked to leave his guide dog outside the Post Office in Chadderton, Greater Manchester when trying to use his local post office.

Guide Dog Demi Hangs up Her Harness at the Burnley Miners

Demi with a bowGuide dog owner Ann Kay, from Burnley, had her life transformed when she trained with her first guide dog Demi nine and a half years ago. So when the time came for Demi to retire and hang up her harness, Ann wanted to celebrate with all of her friends, family and the people she had met through the Burnley Fundraising Branch of Guide Dogs. The celebrations included a retirement party at the Burnley Miners club who have been keen supporters of the Guide Dogs charity.

Ann has been registered blind for 38 years and had used a long cane as a mobility aid. She had been on her own for quite a while after her husband's death and whilst she did get out and about, Ann had not realised just how slow she was moving around. Ann said "I found out that I was getting Demi on my 60th birthday and she was my very special present. Once I qualified with Demi I gained so much confidence. I was like a bird that had just grown wings; I was flying around from one place to another."

Demi CakeThe party at the Burnley Miners was a wonderful afternoon. There were so many family, friends and supporters who had all witnessed the changes that Demi had made to Ann's life. There were over 60 guests; Demi received lots of cards, toys and treats; she even received 18 cards from children at St. Peter's Junior School who had previously met her. Ann said "I was overwhelmed by the support; Burnley Miners love Demi and had previously made her an honorary member". £400 was raised in the club for Guide Dogs and this will go towards the club's next named puppy. The Burley Miners had previously named a guide dog puppy called Benny.

Ann is so grateful for the help that Guide Dogs, and especially Demi, have given her. To say thank you, Ann is now saving towards a target of £5,000 so that she can name a guide dog puppy Demi, "who will transform a blind or partially sighted person's life." Demi has now officially hung up her harness and will enjoy a long happy retirement with Ann.

It's a Dogs Life

We always love to see our dogs enjoying themselves and because off-lead exercise in the park is such an important part of a dogs wellbeing it's great that even the oldies get to enjoy this with their friends.

Scooter DogsWorthy, a 14-year-old Black Labrador-Golden Retriever cross, is Susan Devine's retired guide dog. When Susan trained with her new guide dog a Yellow Labrador called Faldo, now 5 years old, Susan and her husband Tony decided to keep Worthy as a pet.

Both dogs enjoy nothing more than a nice free run in the park and so Worthy and Faldo get the opportunity to enjoy this experience together. Guide dog owner Susan walks Faldo to the Park and husband Tony follows behind with Worthy in the 'Doggy Ride Buggy'. This is so that Worthy can save all that energy up and enjoy a short blast in the park, meanwhile younger Faldo gets to enjoy a longer run, then walks back home with Susan in harness before being reunited with pal Worthy. It's certainly true to say that it's a dog's life!

Isle of Man News Story

Motorists and landowners asked to think about pedestrians and the law (Isle of Man)

Walk of Faith

Andy Lee's Preston Branch took on the daunting challenge of completing the 'Walk of Faith' on 21st September. The 21 Mile Preston Guild Wheel Walk is a circular walk around Preston. The walkers made the task more complex by completing half or all of the 21 miles in blindfold, hence the name 'Walk of Faith'. They were paired up and one person gave sighted guide to their partner who had to trust them completely. This gave walkers an insight into how difficult it can be to get around with sight loss. One of the walkers said "I didn't realise how lonely it would be in blindfold". The team have been sponsored and are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Guide Dogs. Thank you to the Preston Branch and all of the Walkers that took part.

Friends of Chernobyl's Children Meet Guide Dogs For The Very First Time

Group of 12 children from Belarus The Friends of Chernobyl's Children and Guide Dogs charities have made it possible for a group of children to visit the Guide Dog Training School in Atherton for the very first time.

The group of 12 children are from Belarus which was affected by Chernobyl's nuclear disaster. Each year the Friends of Chernobyl's Children charity, based in Clitheroe, organise for the children to stay with families in the Ribble Valley for a month.  This month away from home provides great health benefits for the children and helps their bodies to detoxify. They also get many educational benefits and this time they were lucky enough to visit Guide Dogs.

The children and their interpreters have been learning about puppy walking and how the dogs are trained. They got the opportunity to meet puppy Fifi with her puppy Walker and meet fully qualified guide dog Queenie with her guide dog owner too.

The children also enjoyed some hands on fun with the training dogs, taking part in grooming and enjoying lots of cuddles and a great day was had by all.

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