Supporting guide dogs for the blind this October

Emma Newcombe, Commercial Director at Steam Plant Engineering and her husband have been dedicating their time to board and train guide dogs in conjunction with the Guide Dogs Birmingham Community Team for almost two years now, and during that time have contributed to the successful placement of a number of dogs, who have changed the lives of individuals suffering with sight loss.

However, it’s not only Emma and her husband that are committed to the cause, Emma’s commitment has rubbed off on the entire team where she works at Steam Plant and they now play a significant part…

Regular visitors to the head office at Halesowen are quite used to being greeted by a furry, four-legged friend, as the boarded dogs frequently take their office training on-site with Emma and the team!

Emma says: “It’s such a rewarding thing to be involved in. We’re lucky to still have contact with one of the dogs we boarded and his owner and so we can see first-hand what a valuable contribution we’re making in helping people gain their independence and fulfil their ambitions.” She continues: “The management team at Steam Plant have been so supportive and everyone is genuinely interested in how our dogs are getting on.”

This October sees the launch of the Pups to Partnerships appeal, which aims to raise £420,000 in just one month, to fund the lifetime cost of seven guide dog partnerships and Emma and the team at Steam Plant have a whole host of events and activities planned to raise money for the worthy cause.

Emma continues: “During October in particular we have lots of activities planned at Steam Plant, we plan to hold a Bake Sale, sell wine glass charms and gifts and myself and Nicola James our HR Co-ordinator are taking part in a 5km obstacle course.”

Emma and the team at Steam Plant Engineering would appreciate any donations to the Guide Dogs Pups to Partnerships appeal at:

steamplantengineering Alternatively, there are lots of ways you can support the appeal from holding an event to donating just an hour of your time to support a local collection during October. For more information, visit:

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 51

Winter 2019 // Issue 51
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