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Guide Dog tea party

19 April, 2017
Pictured launching the Guide Dogs Tea Party are (from left) Gary Loughran, Guide Dogs NI, singer/songwriter Malachi Cush with hi
Pictured launching the Guide Dogs Tea Party are (from left) Gary Loughran, Guide Dogs NI, singer/songwriter Malachi Cush with his pet labrador Molly and Brian O’Kane, Specsavers NI Chair.

Specsavers in Ballymena is hosting a ‘Great Guide Dogs Tea Party’ in store on Friday 28 April from 10am until 1pm. The event is part of a UK wide series of tea parties which will raise much needed funds to support people living with sight loss.

Pop-up tea party staff

Specsavers staff will be joined by staff and volunteers from Guide Dogs NI as well as local guide dog owners and their canine companions. Tea, coffee and buns will be available at a pop-up tea party stall and customers are invited to donate to Guide Dogs NI.

Guide Dogs NI staff will also be on hand to provide information about the range of services offered by the charity to adults and children living with sight loss and the many volunteering opportunities available across Northern Ireland.

Welcome customers

Ballymena Store Director Valerie Penney says: ‘Specsavers has worked with the charity Guide Dogs for many years and has seen at first hand the excellent support they provide to people living with sight loss. We’re pleased to support this new community initiative and our staff in Ballymena are looking forward to welcoming customers and shoppers to our store for the tea party.’

Community, tea and good fun

Ursula McCanny from Guide Dogs NI explained that the tea party events are all about community, tea and good fun.

‘We’re encouraging people at home, work or within their local town or community to host a Great Guide Dogs Tea Party. We’re delighted that Specsavers have taken a lead by organising parties in nine of their stores throughout Northern Ireland during April.

Reliance on donations

‘Every hour another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, our charity is there to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. We rely on donations and fundraisers to continue our life-changing work.’

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