The Accrington Specsavers team has certainly set tails wagging after reaching its £5,000 fundraising target for the Guide Dogs charity which will pay for the naming and sponsorship of a puppy through its intensive year-long guide dog training.

The store reached out to customers and local communities in aid of the Guide Dogs Week 2015, by donning neon in aid of the Guide Dogs Week 2015 theme ‘Let’s Glow’ to show their support for the hundreds of people living with sight loss in the local community.

To mark Guide Dogs Week, the charity’s annual awareness and fundraising week which took place from the 3-11 October, store staff dressed up in bright clothes for a family fun day on Saturday, 10 October.

Family fun day
The team hosted a cake sale and invited customers, young and old, to have their faces painted.

To mark their £5,000 fundraising achievement, the Cornhill store team also invited customers to help with the all-important task of naming the store’s sponsored pup on Saturday.

A proud supporter
Suzanne George, store director of Specsavers Accrington, said: ‘Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. Thanks to the support of our customers we have raised a nationwide total of £270,000 in the past four years, which has funded 25 guide dog puppies.

‘On behalf of the store and the charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Accrington for their wonderful support in helping us reach our target.

‘We’re certainly not resting on our laurels and will continue to raise as much as we can for the cause.’

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

Ahead of the event, Lisa Bell, Guide Dogs’ corporate partnerships officer said: ‘Every hour another person in the UK loses their sight, and the impact is life changing. The Guide Dogs charity is here to make sure that when someone loses their vision they don’t have to lose their freedom as well. This Guide Dogs Week we want to reach even more people to raise awareness and reach our biggest ever Guide Dogs Week fundraising target of £1million. Everyone is invited to join in the ‘Let’s Glow’ fun, meet some amazing people and have a good time!’

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