Downton falls in puppy love with guide dog Laurie

With Beryl

Downton has recently had the joy of meeting Guide Dogs for the Blind pup Laurie after a year of fundraising for the charity’s Name a Puppy campaign.

Eight week old Laurie will need initial training worth over £5,000 before she can begin her formal guide dog training. Downton first began raising money for the charity in 2013 and last year our team of dedicated cyclists raised over £7,000 by taking to the road and organising a sponsored bike ride from London to Brighton.

The chance to name the puppy was opened up to staff from across the company and ‘Laurie’ was put forward as well as ‘Pedals’ and ‘Connie’ – after Downton’s founder Conrad.

Kate Downton, Director at Downton said, “It’s been great to meet Laurie and as part of the scheme we’ll continue to get updates on her progress over the next year while she’s living with our puppy walker Beryl Hope.”

Beryl will be looking after Laurie for the next 9–12 months while she is house trained and taught basic obedience. During this time, we’ll be receiving ‘pupdates’ on Laurie’s progress as well as another opportunity to see her before she enters the National Training School.

Emily Williams Community Fundraiser for the Guide Dogs Birmingham and Three Counties Mobility Team said, “Our Name a Puppy scheme is a fantastic way for companies and indeed individuals to aim for a fundraising target, they get to meet their puppy and follow its progress to ultimately make a difference to the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted, it is only through support such as this that we are able to maintain our lifelong commitment to blind and partially sighted people in the community as the guide dog service relies purely on voluntary income.”

Guide Dogs does not receive government funding and depends on the support from organisation and members of the public. If you or someone you know could benefit from the services provided by Guide Dogs or you have some spare time and think you could help by volunteering then please contact the team on 08453 727434, or email If you want to find out more about Guide Dogs then please visit