Young’s Seafood Limited staff have raised a generous £150 for Guide Dogs for the Blind through an internal competition to crown the employees’ ‘Top Pets’. The staff paid to enter their furry friends into the competition, which was judged by Paul Jameson a volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Although of course, Young’s Seafood Ambassador, discerning foodie cat Malcolm won an honorary prize, it was Marketing Administrator Lindsay Mountain’s feline friend Sophie who won over judge Linda to land the prize for Top Cat. Top Dog went to PA to the Chief Executive, Cheryl Atkin’s gorgeous dog Gizzmo. The multiple pet award was won by two adorable Westies, Isla and Glen, owned by Office Manager Connie Elliot, and in the ‘other’ pet category Charlie, System Manager Jenna.

Jenson’s Bearded Dragon, was crowned the winner.

The competition was heralded as an enormous success after receiving over 148 entries.

“We are delighted that so many members of staff got involved in the Top Pet competition. We know how much people love their pets and the competition was a fantastic way to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a wonderful charity which helps people across the UK every year.”

“We really appreciate Young’s Seafood’s generous donation, this money will make such a difference to local people in Grimsby who are blind and partially sighted. Guide dogs can transform lives, they can give back your confidence and make it possible to leave the house and lead an independent life. It took me two years after my diagnosis to have the confidence to leave the house and go into town and it was my wonderful Guide Dog Zeta who made that possible. After Zeta passed away Guide Dogs for the Blind supported me and my husband Paul, and paid the vets bills, and after some time had passed they gave me my dog Tasha, who has been an incredible support.

The money Young’s Seafood are donating will give our local branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind a real boost and make it possible for us to help even more local people whether through providing Guide Dogs, running mobility training sessions, or helping out with the costs of being blind or partially sighted.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people, campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, work to educate the public about eye care and fund vital eye disease research. In addition to providing expertly trained guide dogs to those in need for over 75 years, Guide Dogs for the Blind work tirelessly to deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children – including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.