Simon Cowell and Eamonn Holmes lead celebs posing with their adorable dogs for Guide Dogs campaign

SIMON Cowell, Eamonn Holmes and David Walliams have struck a pose with their pooches in aid of the Guide Dogs charity.

Britain's Got Talent's head judge Simon, 61, is surrounded by a menagerie of his pets Squiddly, Diddly, Freddy and Daisy while his ITV co-star David, 50, is pictured with border terriers Bert and Ernie.


Meanwhile This Morning host Eamonn, 61, is seen with rescue dog Maggie to drum up awareness for the Guide Dog's 90 campaign.

The images, taken by celebrity portrait photographer Andy Gotts, celebrate the charity's 90 years and are helping to launch the 2021 Guide Dogs Appeal to fund life-changing services for people with sight loss.

Talking of the initiative David said: “Guide Dogs is such an amazing charity and is one of the first charities you hear about as a child.

“My dogs mean everything to me so I can only imagine the incredible bond a person has with their guide dog."

Meanwhile English actor Phil Daniels, who has starred in Scum and The Hatton Garden, added: “My dog has been very important in my life.

"I lost my partner nine years ago to cancer when Chico was a young dog and he has been my companion ever since and is 14 now and still going strong.

I lost my partner nine years ago to cancer when Chico was a young dog and he has been my companion ever since and is 14 now and still going strong."

“He’s a Spanish stray that needed looking after. I tell people he’s a black Russell. Me and Chico think that’s funny.

“I think the Guide Dogs charity do an amazing job raising awareness, funds and sponsorship getting the message across that we need more guide dogs.

“It takes a lot to train a guide dog and the shorter the waiting list for a dog for a blind person the better so PLEASE help.”

My dogs mean everything to me so I can only imagine the incredible bond a person has with their guide dog."

Other celebrities photographed include Sir Derek Jacobi, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, Beverley Knight, Dion Dublin, Russell Watson, Jason Watkins, James Martin, Martin Clunes, Chris Packham, Lee Mack, Nicky Campbell, Richard Arnold, Jess Impiazzi and Wendi Peters.

Guide Dogs is now urging supporters to take part in light-hearted fundraisers with friends, colleagues and in schools across the UK, whether it’s a 1990s-themed party, walking 90km or baking 90 cakes.

The UK’s first guide dog partnership qualified in October 1931 – and at any one time the charity is responsible for 8,400 puppies and dogs.

Pam White, national community fundraising campaigns manager, said: “We’re so incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 90 years.

“This October, we celebrate 90 years since our first four dogs changed those first four lives."

Go to the Guide Dogs website to lend your support.



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