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Dogs steal the show at Oldham fundraiser

27 August, 2015
A guide dog outside Specsavers opticians in Oldham
A guide dog outside Specsavers opticians in Oldham

Oldham Specsavers has certainly set tails wagging after a group of cute pups stole the spotlight during a week-long fundraising and awareness drive in aid of the Guide Dogs charity.

Fundraising fun

The fun-filled event at the Curzon Street store saw the dogs and their trainers present in store every day from 12- 2pm to raise awareness of the cause and give the Oldham public a chance to meet the dogs.

The store also held a bake sale day as part of the event and the Specsavers team were joined by a dedicated group of Guide Dog charity volunteers who described the response from the public as ‘fantastic’.

Thank you

Catherine Hughes, store director at Specsavers Oldham, store says: ‘On behalf of the store and the charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Oldham for their support in our fundraising.

‘Welcoming the pups into the store was really exciting for us and our visitors, and we’re delighted that this week has helped Guide Dogs to raise awareness of the wonderful work it does with the visually impaired; a cause obviously very close to our hearts as opticians.

Valuable support

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.

For further information on the Guide Dogs charity visit http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/ 

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