Peterborough shopping centre to support puppy for Guide Dogs UK
Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre has em-’barked’ on a new charity partnership with Guide Dogs UK for 2021 and is to support its own guide dog puppy from birth and through training!
Guide Dogs UK – who work to help blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services – offer the opportunity to name a guide dog puppy from six-weeks-old. After 24 months of training, the named pup will then begin to support a blind or partially sighted person here in the UK.
While Queensgate sit firmly on the waiting list and await notification of their puppy’s arrival into the world, which is expected in May of this year, the centre has today launched a competition to celebrate the news on National Puppy Day, which invites the general public of Peterborough to choose the perfect name ready for his or her arrival.
The Queensgate team has compiled the following shortlist of their favourites, and people can now vote for the best boy and girl name in an online poll found on the Queensgate website: www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk/whats_on/name-the-queensgate-pup/.
The poll is open until 11.59pm on Tuesday, April 6 – giving everyone plenty of ‘paws’ for thought – and the randomly selected winner will receive a £150 shopping centre gift card, plus a ‘doggy bag’ of goodies from Guide Dogs UK.
Rebecca Keefe, Marketing Manager at Queensgate Shopping Centre, says: “We are all so excited about the new partnership and can’t wait to meet our very own furry mascot in the coming months. It’s a lovely bit of news for both us and the public during lockdown – so we hope everyone enjoys taking part in our pup-naming competition. May the best name win!”
Once the newly-named pooch has reached six-weeks-old the team will be kept informed with regular ‘Pupdates’ and report cards, which will be shared with followers and visitors of the shopping centre.
And when it’s safe to do so, the team will also get opportunity to meet the pup, so shoppers will no doubt see him or her exploring the shopping centre later this year as part of their training!
Find out more about Guide Dogs UK at https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/.