Canine visitor at Inverurie office

Dog handlers John and Isabel Urie with staff from Johnston Charmichael in Inverurie
Dog handlers John and Isabel Urie with staff from Johnston Charmichael in Inverurie

The Inverurie office of leading Chartered Accountancy and business advisory firm, Johnston Carmichael, welcomed a canine visitor from Guide Dogs Scotland on Wednesday, July 29.

Johnston Carmichael employees from across its 11 Scottish offices nominated Guide Dogs Scotland to benefit from the firm’s annual fundraising campaign, which saw nearly £19,000 raised for the charity in 2014.

The funds allowed Guide Dogs Scotland, which solely relies on donations to operate, to adopt two new puppies and train them from an early age to eventually make the transition into working guide dogs from 12 months of age.

A result of their fundraising efforts, Johnston Carmichael were asked to name the two puppies, with Johnston and Sandy coming out on top following a staff vote.

Staff from the firm’s Inverurie office were treated to a visit from one of the puppies this week to witness their progress, before the pair complete their training and are assessed and matched with someone who is visually impaired.

Andrea Williams, Community Fundraiser with Guide Dogs, said: “A guide dog brings confidence, mobility and companionship. Johnston and Sandy will go on to be life-changers.”