The Specsavers store in the Abbeycentre Shopping Centre has raised £1,150 for charity Guide Dogs thanks to a year of fundraising efforts.
The store has held a number of Guide Dog-themed days over the past 12 months and invited members of the charity as well as the dogs and their owners down to the store, helping to raise awareness and generate interest in the year-long fundraising initiative.
Store director, Tony McGinn, said: ‘We are delighted to have been involved with Guide Dogs over the last 12 months. Once again the local Newtownabbey community has been extremely supportive and has helped us to raise such an excellent amount of money, which I know will be put to great use by the Guide Dogs charity. Regular eye examinations are essential for clear, comfortable vision. They are an important health check too, and we hope that our affiliation with the charity will help raise awareness in the local community about the importance of eye health and eyecare.
‘The lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £50,000, so we are only too happy to have been able to raise some much needed funds for the charity. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the local community for their continued support.’
Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. Among other things, the charity has been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing thousands of dogs to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. The charity also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about the importance of eyecare, and provides funding for eye disease research.