Kilbarchan man Derek backs fundraising drive to name a guide dog puppy ‘Habbie’ Kilbarchan man Derek backs fundraising drive to name a guide dog puppy ‘Habbie’
Volunteers in Kilbarchan are hoping to raise £5,000 to name a guide dog puppy ‘Habbie’. The appeal will launch during Guide Dogs Week (6-14... Kilbarchan man Derek backs fundraising drive to name a guide dog puppy ‘Habbie’

Volunteers in Kilbarchan are hoping to raise £5,000 to name a guide dog puppy ‘Habbie’.

The appeal will launch during Guide Dogs Week (6-14 October) and is being backed by local guide dog owner Derek Parrott, who was raised in the village.

The puppy will be called Habbie, which is the name given to natives of Kilbarchan.

Derek and his guide dog Striker are well known around the village and he hopes that residents will support the fundraising campaign. He said: “I’ve had poor vision my entire life, but lost all my useful vision 44 years ago. Striker is my second guide dog and we’ve been working together for six months now.

“I can’t put into words how much Striker has changed my life. I was previously using a long cane to get around but having a guide dog allows me to go wherever I want.


Photo: Derek and his guide dog Striker

“My guide dogs have given me back my independence.”

Although Derek, like all guide dog owners, only had to pay a token 50 pence, each guide dog costs the charity over £55,000 from birth to retirement.

The West Renfrewshire fundraising branch of Guide Dogs plan to put collection boxes in a number of Kilbarchan locations during Guide Dogs Week, so locals can donate and help raise the £5,000 needed to name a guide dog puppy.

Businesses are being asked to lend their support by hosting a collection box during the campaign.

Community Fundraiser Tammy Robinson said: “It would be fantastic if local shops and businesses could get behind our appeal to have a community named guide dog puppy.

“All they need to do is display the collection box during Guide Dogs Week as we’ll deliver it to them and pick it up again.

“We’re also hoping residents will support the fundraising drive so we can help another puppy on its way to becoming a life-changer like Striker.”

Businesses who can help by hosting a collection box, or anyone wishing to fundraise in another way, can contact Community Fundraiser Tammy Robinson by calling 07468711904 or emailing tammy.robinson@guidedogs.org.uk.