intu Derby announces arrival of its Guide Dog puppy
intu Derby has revealed its Guide Dog puppy has been born, and it’s a girl!
The little hero, which will be sponsored by intu Derby, has been named Flossie by the people of Derbyshire following the centre’s ‘Name Our Puppy’ competition.
The two winning names, Flossie and Merlin, were chosen after an in-centre vote this spring, with the gender of the puppy determining its final name.
Over 500 submissions were put forward by the public, before being whittled down to just final four options – Hawkins, Flossie, Hero and Merlin – by judges Jane Shelley, from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Guide Dogs for the Blind, news editor of the Derby Telegraph Carl Slater, and intu Derby General Manager Adam Tamsett.
Following the centre’s ongoing work supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2017, intu Derby was awarded the national intu Chairman’s Prize, and has donated the £2,000 prize money, in addition to funds raised in centre, to the sponsorship and training of the puppy.
Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “We are delighted to announce the arrival of our furry friend. As a centre, we are dedicated to working with and supporting a variety of local causes, and Guide Dogs for the Blind is a charity close to our heart, as well as the community.
“Flossie will go on to do invaluable work within the community, and we are very much looking forward to following her on her journey to becoming a Guide Dog and sharing updates with our visitors,” he added.