Two national sensory charities have benefitted from the hard work of Specsavers in Lichfield after a successful fundraising day on Friday 7 October raised more than £400.  

Members of staff from the optical and hearing teams put the focus on Guide Dogs UK and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, welcoming customers and passers-by to meet with volunteers from the charities along with their four-legged companions. 

Fundraising success

Store director Praful Patel commented: ‘We’re delighted to have raised such a great amount for these charities, both of which are very close to our hearts. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about how they help people across the country, enjoy a delicious homemade treat from our cake sale and even meet some Guide Dog puppies in training.’

The Specsavers team held a raffle in the store during the day with a range of fantastic prizes donated by local Lichfield businesses, including an afternoon tea for two from The Lounge and McKenzie’s Restaurant, a spa treatment from Body Beautiful, a bunch of flowers provided by Flower Design of Lichfield and a two-course meal with wine kindly donated by Ego Mediterranean Restaurant.  

Money raised during this event will not only help to train future guide dogs and hearing dogs, but will also help train new owners and provide them with the essential items to look after their dog. 

Generosity and support

‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to our event and helped us raise both funds and awareness for Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs,’ Praful added. ‘We’re extremely grateful to our local community for their generosity and support.’

Guide Dogs UK and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People provide essential aid and support to the blind or partially sighted and those affected by hearing loss across the UK, giving them freedom, mobility, emotional support and independence. To find out more, please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/ and www.hearingdogs.org.uk/

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