Burnley M&S help Guide Dog pups

Staff at Burnley Marks and Spencer with the new guide dog puppy “Spencer”.

The town’s Marks and Spencer store helped raise more than £6,500 to fund a new guide dog puppy.

Staff at Burnley Marks and Spencer store with the new guide dog puppy "Spencer" which they raised more than �6,500 to fund

Staff at Burnley Marks and Spencer store with the new guide dog puppy "Spencer" which they raised more than �6,500 to fund

But it was puppy love at first sight when little Labrador-Retriever cross “Spencer” came to visit the St James’s Street store for the first time. The 14-week-old pup, which was named by staff and customers, was joined by other puppies from the Burnley and District Guide Dog group. Spencer will soon start training before he is given a new home helping a visually impared person in Lancashire.

Angela Berry, sales advisor and fund-raiser at the store, said: “We raised the money with raffles and bag-packs

“It was a lot of hard work but it is great to see the result. Everybody could not wait to meet Spencer. Customers have been asking about him too.” She added: “You can see how important these dogs are.”

Joe Midgley, of the Burnley and District Guide Dog Group whose wife Brenda has a dog Uska, explained just how vital they can be for visually impared people, saying: “My wife could not do without him. He is absolutely marvellous.

“It is great that Marks and Spencer has raised the money to fund a new guide dog.

“It will mean the world to a visually impared person for their mobility.”