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Heathrow Airport hosts guide dog learning experience
6 Aug 2014

A group of soon-to-be guide dogs have visited Heathrow Airport to get special training.

The dogs took a trip to Terminal 5 and learned about helping people that are partially sighted or blind deal with unusual and busy locations.

The activity was part of a partnership between Heathrow and Guide Dogs, a charity that breeds and trains dogs to help those who are visually impaired.

On August 5th, volunteers took some young canines to the airport and gave them a taste of the environment there.

The puppies' airport class involved walking in Terminal 5's departure forecourt, where many passengers petted them.

Experienced Labrador Quince helped the puppies get to grips with the situation.

An average 70,000-to-90,0000 people who need special assistance visit Heathrow Airport monthly.

At the time of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the airport increased its knowledge of how to support passengers whose mobility is reduced by working alongside various charities.

Now its teams make efforts to continue building upon the Games' legacy on a daily basis, the airport says.

On the recent guide dog training day, Dave Kent was in attendance with nearly-two-year-old Lab Arthur, demonstrating the skills of a fully trained-up guide dog.

"An airport can be a challenging environment for anybody, if you are blind or vision impaired it can be doubly so," David, who is himself blind, commented.

"Having airport staff trained and ready to offer assistance in the appropriate manner can make the difference between a journey that is average to one that is both slick and highly supportive. It’s a win-win," he added.

"We are delighted to be work with the Guide Dogs For The Blind in our continued effort to make Heathrow more accessible for the 90,000 plus passengers with reduced mobility we assist every month," said Heathrow head of customer relations, Mark Hicks.ADNFCR-408-ID-801740433-ADNFCR

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