AN ELEVEN-year-old girl this week came nose-to-nose with the young guide dog which was named after her.
Lucy Williams, who is visually impaired, met the lovable pooch at Notcutts Garden Centre - which recently raised £10,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The money was enough to start training two guide dogs - Lucy and Nottie. Although the puppies are only a few months old, their training has already begun.
Julian Ranson, Notcutts manager, said: “We nominated Guide Dogs as the charity we wanted to support and held a range of fundraising events during last year.
“Lucy came along to one of the events and absolutely loved the activities, so we decided it would be a nice gesture to name one of the dogs after her.”
On Tuesday, the two Lucys finally met and it was difficult to tell which was the more excited.
Lucy, from Hall Green, said: “Hopefully I will get a guide dog of my own in a few years time. It’s been great to meet Lucy and I think she’s really, really cute.
“She’s definitely the right dog to name after me, she’s got curly hair and she’s a little bit mad.”
At the moment the labrador cross is being “puppy walked” and has a way to go before she becomes a fully-qualified guide dog.
Diana Mager, regional development fund raiser for Guide Dogs, said: “It costs us £50,000 over the lifetime of every guide dog and we rely entirely on voluntary donations to continue with our services, so we are delighted to have received such tremendous support from Notcutts.”
To find out more about Guide Dogs for the Blind, call 0870 240 6993 or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/donate.