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Baroness Kramer gets a lick and a cuddle from Guide Dogs for her birthday

22 Jul 2014

The campaigns team and guide dog puppy Kramer delivering Baroness Kramer's birthday cardToday a very special birthday present was presented to Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, a guide dog puppy named after her. She instantly fell in love with her furry namesake, who will go on to train as a guide dog and in the future join the thousands of guide dogs who help visually impaired people live independently.

The Guide Dogs campaigns team presented the Minister with the bundle of fur to raise awareness of the need for talking buses, to help puppy Kramer’s future owner and other people with sight loss to use this vital form of public transport. The puppy was presented to Baroness Kramer along with a birthday card signed by almost 900 people calling for the Government to change the law to introduce talking buses, which provide audio and visual information about bus journeys, across the country.

James White, Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager said:

“Kramer the puppy will grow up to do fantastic work enabling someone to get out and about independently. However, many people with a visual impairment are unable to use buses because they don’t know whether they are on the right bus, where the bus is going or where their stop is.  As many people with a visual impairment rely on buses, the lack of talking buses in their area can leave them isolated at home.

“Talking buses can be easily and cheaply introduced to bus fleets across the country, to help people with sight loss, and other passengers, use buses with confidence. We want the Government to act now to change the law and bring in talking buses across the country”

Kramer was presented to the Transport Minister at the Department of Transport in London.

To join the Talking Buses campaign, sign up for our campaigns update at guidedogs.org.uk/signup