10/05/2011 13:00, Report by Gemma Thompson

Goalkeepers sponsor guide dog

Edwin van der Sar and the rest of the goalkeeping department met a group of guide dogs at Carrington on Tuesday after clubbing together to sponsor a puppy.

Goalkeeping coach Eric Steele explained how money collected from fines for the keepers for incidents including being late for the gym, a team meeting and forgetting to wear a club tie, has been put towards the cost of sponsoring a guide dog puppy and paying for its training with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Steele joined Van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak and Anders Lindegaard, plus young stoppers Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone, in posing for a photo with Wheeler the puppy at the training ground.

"We decided to put all the fines together and put the money towards a worthy cause," Eric told "It costs £5,000 for the sponsorship and training but we're already up to £1,000 with Tomasz being the biggest contributor so far!

"It takes 12-14 months for a puppy to be trained up so we'll be following its progress. It's a great cause to be involved with."
The United puppy is yet to be born but Eric revealed the keepers have already chosen a name - it will be Titan for a boy and Ruby for a girl.


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