Meet Chorley’s new guide puppy, Astley

Astley, aged six weeks old
Astley, aged six weeks old
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After working together to raise more than £5,000 to name a puppy, the Chorley community has now received a picture of little Astley, aged six weeks old.

Local businesses, schools, groups, and the people of Chorley and district have all donated towards the ‘name a puppy appeal’ all year, raising thousands of pounds for the Guide Dogs charity.

As previously reported, comedian Dave Spikey unveiled the name ‘Astley’ at a recent Guide Dogs event in Chorley town centre.

Dave, who is in the middle of his ‘Punchlines’ tour, is keen to follow the progress of Astley and couldn’t wait to see the six-week photograph of the little pup.

He said: “I love the look of Astley, He looks proper Chorley don’t you think? Looks a bit of a character with a twinkle in his eye so I’m guessing bright and intelligent and perfect for the job.

“I’m look forward to monitoring his progress. I get the feeling he won’t let us down.”

Grace Jackson, organiser for the Chorley branch of Guide Dogs, said: “Raising funds to name our own community puppy feels very special and rewarding.

“The branch has worked hard, had lots of fun and met wonderful people.”

In the next year, the branch will receive a puppy birth certificate, get personalised updates on his training and a final photograph as he leaves his puppy walker to go to the Guide Dog Training School in Wigan.

And the Chorley community will have the chance to meet Astley at a date which will be announced in the near future.

Siobhan Cullen, community fund-raiser at Guide Dogs, added: “It’s incredible how the community all banded together to raise so much money.

“I hope they realise just how much they have done to bring independence to a blind or partially sighted person. Astley will truly change a life.”

Follow ‘Chorley Guide Dogs Group’ on Facebook for more updates on Astley’s progress and other Guide Dogs events in the area.