UK-based lubricant maker Morris Lubricants, together with sister companies Morris Leisure and GB Lubricants, have adopted a puppy who will ultimately go on to become a guide dog.
The three companies set their own target of raising £10,000 to fund a “Learn” package offered by Guide Dogs for the Blind. This will cover supporting a puppy in its first year of life followed by a second year devoted to training him or her as a guide dog for a blind or partially sighted person.
The teams at the three companies raised the money through fundraising activities. Morris Lubricants’ executive chairman, Andrew Goddard, climbed Snowden for a sponsored walk. Shrewsbury’s Oxon Hall Touring Park and Oxon Pool Holiday Home Park raised money through a popular Christmas lights display, while raffles, charity football matches, and competitions also raised money. In the end, the team exceeded their target by raising £15,000.
The fundraising efforts coincided with Morris Lubricants 150th birthday celebrating its long history of developing world-class products like slideway oil and compressor oil.
Speaking for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Corporate Partnerships Executive Sharne Kirkwood thanked the three companies for their support for raising and training Morris, adding that:
“The other £5,000 will support the equipment Morris will need, such as the iconic white harness as well as the matching process and final qualification training with a person who is blind or partially sighted. It is an incredible journey for all our guide dogs and our service users.”
The adopted puppy will be appropriately named “Morris”.