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Par-teas for Guide Dogs NI

10 April, 2017
Gary Loughran and his guide dog Usher, Specsavers NI chair Brian O’Kane and Malachi Cush, Tea Party ambassador
Gary Loughran and his guide dog Usher, Specsavers NI chair Brian O’Kane and Malachi Cush, Tea Party ambassador

Specsavers Craigavon is hosting a ‘Great Guide Dogs Tea Party’.

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 and will take place in the Craigavon store on Friday April 21 from 10am to 1pm.

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.

All about community

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.’

‘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.’

Volunteering opportunities available

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.

Peter Rice, a director of the Craigavon Specsavers store, said, ‘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 are looking forward to welcoming customers and shoppers to our stores.’

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