A businessman has sponsored a puppy at a guide dog charity and wants to raise awareness of the work it does.

Nigel Brady, of Ovenu Aylesbury, has committed to supporting a Guide Dogs' trainee named Ralph.

The yellow Golden Retriever/Labrador cross replaces black Lab Selsey, which Ovenu franchisees first started sponsoring in 2021.

Selsey was unable to continue her training due to a minor hip issue, leading to Brady's choice to extend his backing once more.

While in the hands of Puppy Raisers Toni and Adrian, Ralph has reportedly been blossoming.

Destined to become a qualified Guide Dog, Ralph's ambitions point towards aiding a visually impaired person.

His reputation of being "sweet and charming" is supplemented by his capabilities whilst using public transport and his confidence in bustling locales.

Upon deciding to switch careers in September 2021, Brady transitioned from a retail role at Marks & Spencer, spanning nearly three decades, to a technician at Ovenu Aylesbury.

By August 2022, he took over the company from previous franchisee, Kerry Corney.

Mr Brady said: "Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity and I'm pleased to be able to give something back by supporting its life changing work.

"These dogs provide those with sight loss greater mobility, independence, social interaction - as well as companionship.

"It's also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I wouldn't be in a position to sponsor this adorable pup!"

Guide Dogs' CEO Andrew Lennox highlighted the strain on finances, adding: "It costs approximately £56,000 to support each guide dog through from birth to retirement, and without all the contributions of our donors and the efforts of our fundraisers we would not be able to do what we do."