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Fundraising for furry friends

11 September, 2015
Specsavers Oxford plays host to Guide Dogs fundraising presentation
Kath Mulligan, Oxford and District Guide Dogs chairwoman, Michael Holland, managing director of 5G Communications and Greg Harding, store director at Specsavers Oxford holding Willow, a trainee guide dog

Specsavers Oxford was paid a visit by some four-legged friends for the handover of more than £3,000 to Guide Dogs.

The store played host to the presentation and were joined by Guide Dogs volunteers and 12-week-old trainee guide dog puppy Willow. The money was raised by 5G Communications Limited, who recently introduced a scheme to donate £50 from every telephone system installation, carried out at Specsavers stores across the country.

‘Specsavers obviously has a long standing charity partnership with Guide Dogs so it made sense for us to nominate them as the charity we were going to support with our donations,’ said Michelle Fraser, Specsavers Account Manager at 5G Communications. ‘We’ve raised £3,100 so far, carrying out 62 installations but this should rise further, hopefully taking us nearer the £5,000 mark.’

‘We’re so grateful for this very generous donation,’ said Lisa Bell, corporate partnerships officer at Guide Dogs. ‘This could help us pay for the breeding costs of a guide dog puppy and provide the essential care needed in their journey to becoming a fully qualified guide dog.  This means a person living with sight loss in the UK will one day receive well over 2,800 hours of freedom and independence.’

Specsavers ongoing partnership with Guide Dogs has already raised enough money to pay for the breeding and training costs of 25 guide dog pups. Guide Dogs provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. It also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eyecare and funds eye disease research. 

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