Fundraising Leeds teenager meets guide dog

WONDERFUL: Ben with Spurley at Temple Newsam.
WONDERFUL: Ben with Spurley at Temple Newsam.
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A teenager who raised a massive £10,000 for Guide Dogs UK has had an emotional meeting with the assistance puppy he has sponsored.

Ben Dobbs pledged to raise the mammoth amount in 2015, when he was just 14. After a variety of fundraising activities, the Garforth Academy student handed over a cheque for £10,022.27 in April - a presentation that enabled him to name a guide dog puppy. Ben, from Colton, called the dog Spurley after his grandfather, who died shortly before he handed over the cheque.

He recently met Spurley, a five-month old golden labrador/retriever cross at Temple Newsam, along with his walker Elizabeth.

Ben said: “It was so great to meet Spurley today and to see the result of all the fundraising. Meeting him meant so much to me, especially as he is named after my grandad and it was just so lovely to see him happy and running about in the park. I’m sure that he is going to make a really great guide dog.”

Charlotte Walton, community fundraiser for Guide Dogs in Leeds, said: “It was wonderful to see Ben and Spurley together and for Ben to see the results of all his hard work in raising such an amazing amount of money. He has started a pup on a journey that will lead to him becoming a life saver for someone with sight loss.

“Ben needs to concentrate on his exams now, but he is carrying on fundraising and I am sure that Spurley will not be the only dog he names.”

Ben raised the cash through supermarket bag packs, bucket collections, bun and sock sales and various other events. He is already planning his next £10,000. To help him, visit Guide-Dogs to donate. For more information on the charity, visit