A WHARFEDALE cafe has pledged to raise £5,000 for Guide Dogs.

Cock Pit Farm Tea Rooms at Weston, near Otley, has signed up to the charity's Name a Puppy scheme.

Owner Sue Sansbury and her team will be holding fundraising events throughout the coming year - with the proceeds being used to train a guide dog puppy which they can name.

She said: "We were looking for a practical way to help a charity, one that our staff and customers would be inspired by.

"When we heard about Guide Dogs’ Name a Puppy initiative we thought that was just perfect as our cafe is dog friendly, and we get lots of guide dogs and puppy walkers in.

"It’s exciting to know that we are doing something that will potentially change someone’s life."

Community Fundraiser for Guide Dogs, Jo Stevens, said: "Naming a Puppy is a really special thing to do and we are absolutely delighted the cafe has chosen to concentrate its fundraising efforts on that.

"It costs almost £55,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement, aged about ten.

"We are reliant on donations from the public to continue our life-changing work - in 2016 less than 2 per cent of our income came from statutory funding, grant-making bodies and trusts."

After hitting the £5,000 target Cock Pit Farm Tea Rooms will receive a birth certificate for 'their' puppy and receive personalised updates on its training.

They will also get a chance to meet the puppy their fundraising efforts are supporting.

To find out more about the Name a Puppy scheme call 0345 1230212 or send an e-mail to: nameapuppy@guidedogs.org.uk .