THE Mayor of South Ribble is hoping residents will go barking mad for a new scheme to raise £5,000 to name a guide dog.

The pooch would aptly be named ‘Worden’ after the award-winning Leyland park and people are being asked to help support the cause by holding fundraising events.

The campaign was officially launched on Friday in the Walled Garden by South Ribble’s First Citizen, Councillor Linda Woollard and MP Seema Kennedy.

They were joined on the day by Guide Dogs staff, volunteers and of course their puppies and working dogs.

Mayor, Councillor Woollard said: “I think it is a lovely idea to have a guide dog named Worden – not least because the beautiful park is a dog walker’s haven.

“It is such a fantastic cause and I would urge people to get behind it in any way that they can.

“I was asked to do a blindfolded walk as part of the launch and it helped me realise just how important it is to have a guide dog.

Volunteers from Guide Dogs Leyland are holding a series of events, including a Dogs Unite sponsored walk in the sprawling park in September.

Yvonne Onslow, Guide Dogs Volunteer and Leyland Group Organiser, said: “As a community we are aiming to raise £5,000 to name Worden. It actually costs around £50,000 to support a guide dog through its lifetime so the more we can raise the better.

“We are asking individuals, businesses, workforces and community organisations across South Ribble to raise money to help us make this idea a reality.

To find out more about naming a puppy Worden, follow the group at: www.facebook.com/leylandpuppy or visit: www.justgiving.com/leylandpuppy.