PORTSMOUTH’S mayor has backed a charity after experiencing the feeling of walking blind through the city’s streets with a guide dog.
Councillor David Fuller, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, has backed the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association after being guided through the city by Vivvy, a black Labrador cross Retriever and her guide dog trainer, Lisa Dodds.
Cllr Fuller said: ‘This was an unnerving experience that I shan’t forget for a very long time!
‘To be plunged into blackness was extremely disconcerting and I found myself trying to focus more on my other senses. The guide dog staff are a credit to their organisation and I will support Guide Dogs for the Blind as much as I can.’
Peter Bungay, of the association, praised the mayor’s support for the charity.