Two canine guests recently visited staff at the Paisley opticians to help raise awareness and funds for Guide Dogs Scotland.

Puppy fundraiser

Staff at Specsavers in the town raised £225 in aid of the charity with the help of the four-legged friends, who are both guide dogs.

Guide Dogs Scotland community fundraiser, Tammy Robinson, said: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and customers of Specsavers in Paisley for their wonderful support and generosity.

‘It costs just under £55,000 to train and support a guide dog partnership, and we rely on donations to continue our life-changing work.

‘Every pound raised by the store will make a difference to people in Scotland who are living with sight loss.’

Digging deep for a good cause

Customers were encouraged to dig deep while getting the chance to meet the dogs and learn more about them. Representatives from Guide Dogs Scotland were also on hand to explain the great work the charity carries out.

Gail Thompson, store director, was pleased to support the charity, and said: ‘Guide Dogs Scotland is a fantastic cause and we regularly support it by holding fundraisers.

‘Inviting the dogs to the store really helps to illustrate exactly why it is such an important charity and how amazing its trained dogs are. ‘I’d like to thank customers for their donations. Our staff also joined in the fun by making a donation in order to dress down for the day.’

Guide Dogs Scotland provides blind or partially sighted people with a guide dog to help greatly improve their quality of living. Money raised for the charity not only helps to train future guide dogs, but also works closely with the new owners and provides them with all the essential items they will need and financial assistance to cover food and veterinary bills.

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