A very special guest certainly set tails wagging at the Chorley store.

After a year-long £5,000 campaign to fund the intensive one year specialist training of a puppy to become an official Guide Dog, the team at the Chapel Street opticians were delighted to welcome ‘Indi’, the six-month-old Labrador into store.

New tricks
Accompanied by her trainer from the Guide Dogs charity, the all-action Indi, who was named by the Specsavers team, took a break from learning to become a fully-fledged guide to enjoy being the centre of attention with customers and staff.

A long term supporter of the Guide Dogs charity, the store has held an array of fundraising events over the last 12 months, in order to raise the £5,000 needed for Indi’s training.

It costs almost £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement aged about 10.

A popular guest
Donna Sumner, optical consultant at Chorley Specsavers, said: ‘It’s safe to say everyone wanted to meet Indi in store, so on behalf of the store and the charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Chorley for their wonderful support in helping us reach our target.

‘Without their donations, Indi’s training would not be possible and the Guide Dogs charity wouldn’t be able to carry out its invaluable work to provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

‘We’re incredibly proud to raise vital awareness of the wonderful work of Guide Dogs; a cause obviously very close to our hearts as opticians.

Invaluable support
‘We’re certainly not resting on our laurels and will continue to raise as much as we can for the cause and we’ll be watching Indi’s progress closely.’

Guide Dogs doesn’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations the charity wouldn’t be able to support the 4,600 Guide Dog partnerships it has in the UK.

As well as providing freedom to blind and partially sighted people, Guide Dogs campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eyecare and funds eye disease research.

For further information on the Guide Dogs charity click here

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