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Guide dog puppies visit Aston University

Guide dog puppy

18 March 2015

Guide dog puppies occupied the Union Hall at Aston, as part of a fun day of raising awareness of sight loss in collaboration with the Guide Dogs Birmingham Mobility Team.

The Guide Dogs Birmingham Mobility Team is a charity that dedicates their time to help those who are blind or partially sighted, working together with other organisations to produce the best mobile services.

The Students’ Union arranged a day for the puppies to visit the University as an opportunity to promote, fundraise and raise awareness of the cause.

Miles Northwood, Community Fundraiser for the Birmingham branch, said: “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to explain to the students that these aren’t just fluffy puppies but dogs that need to be trained to do an invaluable job giving people who are blind or partially sighted independence and freedom of movement.”

Students had the chance to take a break from deadlines and studies to spend some quality time with their canine companions. The trainers were present during the day describing to their audiences the varying stages of training each puppy must go through to qualify as a guide dog.

This visit by the puppies, which included some breeding dogs and some dogs in training to become a guide, was a first for Aston. The Vice President of Education and Welfare at Aston Students’ Union, Jema Wyatt, said: “It’s great to see our Union doing something out of the ordinary, having a unique charity being promoted at our University. On behalf of Aston, it has been a pleasure to help raise awareness on a brilliant cause and it’s a bonus to be surrounded by these puppies!”

All donations are for the Guide Dogs Mobility charity. To volunteer for the charity or to donate, contact on 08453 727434 or birmingham@guidedogs.org.uk.

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For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004 or n.akhtar18@aston.ac.uk