A CANINE companion has given a Wirral great grandmother a new lease of life.

Ninety-year-old Alice Sealeaf, from Birkenhead, has seen many changes throughout her life but none bigger than when she had to adapt to losing her sight.

Originally from Crosby, Alice spent her war days as a welder at Rolls Royce in Crewe where she made Spitfires.

She moved to Wirral 11 years ago after the death of her husband and to be closer to her son, her four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Alice, who also worked in a nursing and a chip shop in her native Crosby, began to lose her sight two years ago as a result of a combination of eye conditions.

Eventually, she was told that the hospital was unable to do anything more for her and she was registered blind.

At the age of 90, the mother-of-one did not think she would be able to train with a guide dog but before she knew it, she and pooch Rona were the best of friends.

And now the friends have qualified, there is just no stopping them.

“I was surprised that I remembered all of the instructions with the training,” said Alice.

“I was absolutely fed up before I got Rona but I’ve got a new life now. I don’t feel sorry for myself anymore – Rona is my eyes.”

Penny Williams, from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, added: "We are reliant upon donations from members of the public to carry out our work. If anyone would like to find out more about getting involved with Guide Dogs on the Wirral or make a donation, they can call 0118 9838749 or email Liverpool@guidedogs.org.uk or visit guidedogs.org.uk."