NFU Mutual guide dog puppy ‘Henson’ meets the Henson family

On Tuesday 5th May, ‘Henson’, NFU Mutual’s Guide Dog for Life, will visit the Stratford based insurer for the first time, and some very special guests have been invited.

Staff at the company selected Guide Dogs to be their corporate charity for 2015, and are hoping to raise over £125,000. As part of the partnership they will be funding one Guide Dog for Life, costing £50,000.

At the start of the year staff chose the name of the company’s Guide Dog for Life. Through an online poll they selected Henson, after James Henson, one of the seven Stratford farmers who founded NFU Mutual way back in 1910.

Henson is a Labrador cross Golden Retriever, and is now five months old. For his first year he will be looked after by a ‘Puppy Walker’, before beginning his formal Guide Dog training.

James Henson’s descendants still live and farm in the Stratford area, and colleagues at NFU Mutual were keen to invite members of the family to be special guests for Henson’s first visit to the company.

Tanya Robbins, great, great granddaughter of James Henson, said: “It is so lovely that NFU Mutual staff chose the name ‘Henson’ for the puppy they are supporting.  We are all extremely proud of the family history – the vision and drive of the seven founders was remarkable.  I am sure they would have great pride in NFU Mutual, and its staff members.”

Beth Pritchard, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive at NFU Mutual, said:  “Guide Dogs like Henson really do change people’s lives, and we hope that James Henson would have been honoured to have a Guide Dog named after him.”

The Henson family is one of many with a long lasting connection with NFU Mutual. James Henson’s son James, known as Jim, set up one of the first NFU Mutual branches, at Newport. Another son, Stanley, succeeded to the family farm and butchery business, and also became a Director of NFU Mutual, serving as Chairman from 1952 to 1962.

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