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STAFF at a leading commercial property agency turned to four-legged friends to help cheer them up on Blue Monday – allegedly the “most depressing day of the year”.

Innes England staff with Guide Dogs Alfie Minnie and Willow

Guide dogs visited each of Innes England’s three offices – in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby – this morning in a bid to boost staff morale.

Blue Monday is an annual event which took place on 15 January in 2018. It is calculated using a series of factors – the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of a situation – in a mathematical formula.

The event came after Innes England announced Guide Dogs UK as its charity of the year. The agency will be running a number of events throughout 2018 to raise funds for the organisation, which helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

Tim Garratt, managing director at Innes England, said: “It’s the time of year where Christmas and New Year have well and truly passed and people are getting back into the swing of things, so having puppies in our offices definitely boosted morale on Blue Monday.

“It was also a great way to kick off our partnership with Guide Dogs UK – we bought all members of staff a Guide Dogs teddy for their desks, in turn donating more than £350 to the charity. Representatives from the organisation also joined us and staff were able to talk to them about the work they do to get a full understanding of how we’ll be helping them this year.

“Sight loss is something that affects almost two million people in the UK and the charity provides those people with the support they need to be able to move around safely. It costs over £5,000 to breed and puppy walk each guide dog puppy. We’d like to raise enough to train at least one – but it would be great if we could sponsor one in each of our three offices.”

Jo Berry, community fundraising business development manager for Guide Dogs UK, added: “It’s brilliant news that Innes England has chosen to support Guide Dogs as its charity of the year in 2018. We are so grateful for the company’s support and excited to work with Tim and the team.”

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