THREE new seeing-eye dogs could be trained in the North East if the charity Guide Dogs are top of the Vote that Counts poll.
The charity, which works to make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to get out and about by themselves, want to add a trio of puppies to their 8,000 strong kennel.
But as the service receives no statutory funding, it requires donations like that which they could win from this campaign to help the pups make the vital steps to becoming fully fledged Guide Dogs.
Claire Devine, from Guide Dogs, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re really excited about taking part.
“There are so many worthy charities and the six that have been chosen are fantastic – I just hope people see the difference we make to blind and partially-sighted people and hopefully they will support us and help these people gain independence.”
If the charity were successful in the competition they plan to name the new puppies Codie, Lot or Lottie and Postie.
As well as training and providing seeing-eye dogs, the charity also provides information and resources, mobility support, mobility technology, buddy dogs for young people and My Guide, a service to help people with sight problems to get out into the local community.