Morrisons Johnstone raises funds for the Name a Puppy initiative

A GUIDE puppy takes his first steps to changing the life of a visually impaired person, thanks to the staff and customers of a Johnstone supermarket.

The Morrisons team have been raising money for the Guide Dogs charity’s Name a Puppy initiative and their latest four-legged recruit to start training is 14-month-old Hope, whose name was chosen by staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of the supermarket’s in-store fundraising activities had to be halted due to lockdown restrictions, but staff still managed to raise £10,000 for the program using life-size dog-shaped donation boxes and collections of buckets.

Keith Brownlie, former Regional People Manager at Morrisons, and Julie Scott, Johnstone Store Community Champion, with Hope

Julie Scott, who is a community champion at the Napier Street store, told The Gazette: ‘We started fundraising for guide dogs after a local volunteer visited and explained how her dog- guide has made a huge difference in his life.

“Our store has decided to participate in Name a Puppy – and Hope is the second puppy we have raised funds for.

“When we learned that we had reached our fundraising goal during the pandemic, we decided on the name Hope, as it seemed appropriate, looking forward to the future and the end of the pandemic.

“Whatever the role of the puppy Hope, we hope he gives someone hope for a better future.”

The Gazette: Newly named Hope pup with one of the collection boxesPuppy newly named Hope with one of the collection boxes

Staff have already named a guide dog puppy Mojo and now plan to raise enough funds to name a third pooch.

Kyla McVicar, Business Development Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “We can’t thank the Morrisons team at Johnstone enough and are truly grateful to everyone involved for their continued support.

“Guide Dogs relies on fundraising and donations, so it’s only through the support of the local community and businesses like Morrisons that we can continue our life-changing work for people living with loss of life. vision.

“Bravo and a big thank you to everyone involved, including all the very generous customers.”

Guide Dogs’ goal is to provide life-changing services to people living with vision loss, and their friends and family.

To find out more about the charity’s work and nominate a guide dog puppy, visit

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