The Chorley team has certainly set tails waging at a local charity after the optician’s staff got into the festive spirit with their colourful annual Christmas Jumper fundraiser.

Saturday’s fun-filled event at the Chapel Street store saw the unmissable team dressed in their most flamboyant seasonal jumpers all in aid of the store’s chosen charity, Guide Dogs.

Flamboyant fun

Since launching its partnership with the charity in October 2013, in the hope of raising enough funds to name and sponsor a puppy through its intensive year-long guide dog training, the store, which also recently held a colourful Be Seen Day, has raised a total of £2,502.

Donna Sumner, optical consultant at Specsavers Chorley, said: ‘On behalf of the store and the charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Chorley for their wonderful support in helping us reach this great total.

For a great cause

‘Christmas Jumper Day is such as fun and easy way to support a great cause so we’re delighted it has helped Guide Dogs to raise vital awareness of the wonderful work it does with the visually impaired; a cause obviously very close to our hearts as opticians.

‘We’re certainly not resting on our laurels and have an action-packed programme of events planned in order to meet our £5,000 target so watch this space.’

Ongoing partnership

It costs almost £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement, aged about 10. Guide Dogs doesn’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations, wouldn’t be able to support the 4,600 Guide Dog partnerships in the UK.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people as well as campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment, educating the public about eyecare and funding eye disease research.

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