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Guide dog Duke doesn’t put a paw wrong on first official public appearance at Bewley’s Bishop's Gardens in Wickham as part of training

4 Aug 2023

A Guide Dog puppy is on track this year to one day help someone who is blind or visually impaired get some independence back.

As part of his on-going training, Duke, a Labrador sponsored by Bewley Homes, visited staff and residents at the housebuilder’s development at Bishop’s Gardens in Wickham, Hampshire.


Named by Bewley staff after the Duke of Edinburgh, the eight-month-old puppy has been put through his paces by his handler learning skills such as dealing with kerbs and avoiding obstacles, as well as meeting members of the public.


Duke is the fourth Guide Dog puppy to be supported by the company, after Bewley Homes’ donated £5,000 to the charity to help train more dogs for those in need.


Duke has taken a giant step in his initial guide dog training to become a life-changing partner to someone living with sight-loss after receiving a glowing first report.


Andrew Brooks, Manging Director at Bewley Homes, commented: “We are delighted to hear about the progress Duke is making and welcome him at our development in Wickham. It’s looking positive for him to become a much-needed guide dog after his training.”


Andrew added: “We are very proud to continue supporting this charity. Guide dogs really do make the world of difference to their owners and so it’s vital that the charity is supported through donations like ours.”


Lucy Gray, Marketing Manager at Bewley added: “Duke was very calm and made Hugo feel at ease during his visit which shows he’s been well trained!”


Mireille Haviland, Community Fundraising Development Manager for Guide Dogs, added: “We would like to thank Bewley for sponsoring their fourth guide dog. As a charity, we rely heavily on donations to provide our services. Every hour, someone in the UK lose their sight and the continued support of companies like Bewley Homes will allow us to make a massive difference to someone living with sight loss. We are also looking for volunteers who will support a puppy in training.”


Bewley has supported Guide Dogs for over 10 years and are fully behind the valuable work the charity does to help blind and partially sighted people live fulfilling, independent lives.


Pictured: Lucy Gray, Marketing Manager at Bewley Homes and her son Hugo, with Mireille Haviland, Community Fundraising Development Manager for Guide Dogs, Duke and trainer Georgina Wingham at Bewley’s Bishop’s Gardens development in Wickham.