Exmouth guide dog owner's big thank-you
PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 November 2015
Guide dog owner David Gailey has presented awards to businesses in Exmouth that have gone the extra mile to help him, day-to-day.
David, 70, from Withycombe Raleigh, who has limited sight, gave out certificates with the help of his guide dog, Tarka, in praise of a trio of traders who help make life easier.
David, who eight months ago partnered up with his three-and-a-half-year-old guide dog – previously relying on a cane to get around – said the positive attitude towards helping him from staff at the Powder Monkey, on The Parade, Krispies, in Exeter Road, and the Co-op, in the Magnolia Centre, had left a lasting impression.
“They are extremely helpful and go the extra mile to help,” said David. “I think these people go out of their way to help.
“It’s small things, like in the Powder Monkey - helping me find a table, telling me where my beer is or talking to me.
“I find the shops are extremely good as well.
“At the Open Door Centre, a lady took me to the table, sat me down, showed me where the dog could be out of the way, took my order and came back with it. The service was absolutely first class.”
Amanda Bealing, spokeswoman for Guide Dogs South West, said, so often, people who were blind and partially sighted experienced problems or were made to feel unwelcome when using shops and restaurants.
She said David had been ‘delighted’ by the service he and his dog received from some establishments in Exmouth.
She said: “When David told me about his positive experiences, I felt that we should make these awards.
“Staff at Krispies Fish and Chips, Co-op Food Shop and the Powder Monkey pub have gone the extra mile to help David.
“They have demonstrated that they understand that life can be difficult for someone who is visually impaired.
“They have been willing to offer help and make him and Tarka feel welcome.”