MP gets a visit from Guide Dogs’ Santa Paws this Christmas

Sir David Amess MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs on Wednesday 13th December. 

The charity set up a makeshift grotto in Parliament to hand out messages of thanks to MPs that have supported the charity in 2017. The gift, a miniature stocking, was filled with Christmas messages (from people in Southend West) highlighting Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking. 

Sir David commented: 

“It was a pleasure to meet the guide dog pups in training and receive my thank-you stocking from Guide Dogs. 

“Pavement parking is a real problem in Southend West. Not only does it pose a danger to people with sight loss, it is a potentially dangerous obstacle for wheelchair and mobility scooter users as well as people with pushchairs.”  

Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White said:

“We are very grateful for all of the support that Members of Parliament give to Guide Dogs. 

“As well as saying thank you to David for their help this year, we used this opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of parking on pavements and to call for a change in the law.”