Fundraiser launched as Kirkcaldy businessman backs Guide Dog puppy, Selsey

A Kirkcaldy business owner has launched an online fundraiser to support a guide dog organisation.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 8:32 am
Selsey, the six week old puppy sponsored by Kirkcaldy businessman Ritchie Landels

Ritchie Landels is sponsoring six-week old Selsey until her training is complete.

He has launched the fundraiser to encourage others to back Guide Dogs.

Ritchie, who runs oven valeting service Ovenu Kirkcaldy, is supporting the puppy through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.

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Ritchie Landels, who runs valeting service Ovenu Kirkcaldy (Pic: Stewart Turkington/www.stphotos.co.uk)

The black Labrador - who has six siblings Cosmo, Peegee, Dougall, Polly, Jessie, and Billy – was recently placed with a puppy raiser who will start to teach her the skills essential to become a future guide dog.

Ritchie, who worked in the offshore industry before launching his business, said: “The past 12 months have been a difficult and challenging time for everyone, not least Guide Dogs, which has experienced a fall in income due to the pandemic.

“As a business owner I want to give something back by supporting a charity that helps provide life-changing independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I would not be in a position to sponsor this cute ball of fluff!”

Victoria Noyce-Guthrie of Guide Dogs said: “We rely on donations and Ovenu’s kind support will allow us to make a life changing difference to someone living with sight loss.

“We hope that during these difficult times the news of Selsey being born and the pupdates about her training journey will be something positive to look forward to.”

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