Martin Horwood MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs yesterday to receive a custom-made Christmas cracker, thanking them for their support this year.
The charity set up a makeshift grotto in Parliament to hand out messages of thanks to MPs that have supported the charity in 2014. The custom cracker included a message on Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking.
The MP for Cheltenham is currently sponsoring a Bill that attempts to change the law to give local councils more power to tackle the problem of parking on pavements, which is a hazard for people with sight loss and can force them on to the road.
Martin commented: “It was wonderful to meet Peanut who is a very cute guide dog puppy in training and to receive my thank you cracker from Guide Dogs.
“Pavement parking is a real problem in Cheltenham. As well as for 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 Martin for his help this year, we used this opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of parking on pavements and to call for support for his Bill that looks to change the law.”