Meet Bram­ble, the town’s guide puppy

Fundraising cam­paign suc­cess

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Af­ter reach­ing their £5000 fundraising tar­get, those be­hind Blair­gowrie’s first Name A Puppy cam­paign have re­ceived a photo of the adorable Guide Dog puppy they’ve named Bram­ble.

Right now, the Labrador cross golden re­triever puppy is just seven weeks old but, over the next 12 months, Les­ley Mac­Don­ald from Cargill’s Bistro in the east Perthshire town – who co-or­di­nated the fundraising – will hear what lit­tle Bram­ble has been up to on her train­ing.

The fundrais­ers will re­ceive a puppy birth cer­tifi­cate, up­dates on her train­ing and a fi­nal photo as Bram­ble leaves her puppy walker to go to Guide Dog train­ing school.

And they - along with the win­ner of a prize draw to name the puppy - will get to meet her as well.

Les­ley said: “It was sur­pris­ingly easy to raise the £5000.

“Ev­ery­one got be­hind it and came up with loads of imag­i­na­tive ideas, in­clud­ing a cof­fee morn­ing, a blind­fold flower ar­rang­ing demon­stra­tion, a cho­co­late tast­ing event, a Christ­mas mar­ket and ar­ti­san craft events.

“But the re­al­ity of what we’ve done only hit us when we re­ceived the pho­to­graph of Bram­ble.

“All pup­pies are cute, but ours is quite spe­cial. We can’t wait to fol­low her progress over the next 12 months or so.”

Deirdre McVean, chair of Guide Dogs Perth and District fundraising group, said: “I hope ev­ery­one in­volved, es­pe­cially Les­ley at Cargill’s Bistro, knows just how much they have done to bring in­de­pen­dence to a blind or par­tially sighted per­son.

“A guide dog brings con­fi­dence, mo­bil­ity and com­pan­ion­ship. Bram­ble will truly change a life.”

Buoyed by their suc­cess, the team have al­ready started rais­ing money to name a sec­ond guide dog puppy and have so far raised more than £1000 for Guide Dogs Scot­land.

The next fundraising event for the cam­paign is a Burns Night quiz on Thurs­day this week, Jan­uary 26, in Cargill’s Bistro.

The ses­sion will test teams’ knowl­edge of Scot­land as well as raise funds for the wor­thy cause.

The quiz gets un­der­way at 7.30pm and is open to teams of four peo­ple, with en­try £5 per per­son. All pro­ceeds to Guide Dogs Scot­land.

There will be a prize for each mem­ber of the win­ning team and a com­pe­ti­tion to win a bot­tle of malt whisky.

A pre-quiz set menu is avail­able for £10 per per­son from 5pm to last or­ders at 6.30pm.

The quiz and the pre-quiz meal must be booked in ad­vance, con­tact 01250 876735 or [email protected]gills­bistro.com

Adorable Bram­ble the Guide Dog puppy named by the peo­ple of Blair­gowrie

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