Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has welcomed news that ‘Lottie’s litter’ of nine puppies in Scotland are set to be trained as new guide dogs thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
There are currently around 170,000 people in Scotland who experience sight loss, and this is expected to increase to 200,000 by 2025.
Ms Jardine has previously supported the Access All Areas Campaign in Parliament, which aims to prevent people with guide dogs being refused access to public transport.
The Lib Dem MP is now tabling another motion to Parliament to recognise the increasing need for guide dogs in Scotland.
Ms Jardine commented:
“It is unfortunate to hear that more people are suffering from sight loss in Scotland, but I am glad that there has been a proactive response.
“Guide dogs are a lifeline for those who lose their sight, something that many of us take for granted. It is also easy to overlook the immense cost that is attached to training new guide dogs, which makes this funding invaluable.
“The Guide Dogs Training School in Forfar do a wonderful job and I hope that we can continue to see many more puppies have this opportunity.
“I was delighted to be able to put this motion forward to Parliament and I am confident that many of my colleagues will join me wishing Lottie and her litter all the best.”