JONATHAN Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs to receive a Christmas gift and thank them for their support this year.
The charity set up a makeshift grotto in Parliament to hand out messages of thanks to MPs that have supported the charity in 2017.
The gift, a miniature stocking, was filled with Christmas messages highlighting Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking.
Mr Reynolds said: “It was a pleasure to meet the guide dog pups in training and receive my thank you stocking from Guide Dogs. What super cute and clever partners they are.
“Pavement parking is a real problem in Stalybridge and Hyde.
“Not only does it pose a danger to people with sight loss, it is a potentially dangerous obstacle for wheelchair and mobility scooter users as well as people with pushchairs.”
Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White added: “We are very grateful for all of the support that Members of Parliament give to Guide Dogs.
“As well as saying thank you to Jonathan for their help this year, we used this opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of parking on pavements and to call for a change in the law.”
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides independence and freedom to thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.
It campaigns for the rights of those with visual impairments. Guide Dogs is working towards a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
For more information about Guide Dogs and its Pavement Parking campaign, contact Jennifer Keen on 01189 838388 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org