Rugby businessman thanked for sponsoring six-week-old Guide Dogs puppy

Puppy Selsey and Dave.Puppy Selsey and Dave.
Puppy Selsey and Dave.
Selsey has been sponsored until she has complete her training

The Guide Dogs charity has thanked a Rugby businessman for sponsoring a six-week-old puppy for two years.

Dave Simmonds, who runs oven valeting service Ovenu Rugby, is contributing to the cost of supporting Selsey through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.

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The black Labrador named Selsey was recently placed with a puppy raiser who will start to teach her the skills essential to become a future guide dog.

Dave Simmons.Dave Simmons.
Dave Simmons.

Dave, who has operated the business since 2010, said: “The past year has been difficult and challenging for everyone, not least Guide Dogs, which has experienced a fall in income due to the pandemic.

“As a business owner I want to give something back by contributing to a charity that helps provide life-changing independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I would not be in a position to sponsor this cute ball of fluff.”

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Victoria Noyce-Guthrie of Guide Dogs said: “We rely on donations and Ovenu’s kind support will allow us to make a life changing difference to someone living with sight loss, by providing a guide dog.

“We hope that during these difficult times the news of Selsey being born and the pupdates about her training journey will be something positive to look forward to.”

Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of the Ovenu franchise, said: “I’m delighted that Dave is supporting such a wonderful and deserving charity and I’m sure his clients will be interested to follow Selsey’s progress.”

Ovenu Rugby, which also covers Leamington, Warwick, Coventry, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Stratford, Shipston, Southam, Gaydon and surrounding areas, continues to accept bookings at its discretion.

Ovenu has set up a Just Giving page that allows clients to make further donations to Guide Dogs at

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