Chorley Specsavers team 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.

To mark the achievement the Chapel Street store team held a special awareness day for the charity and encouraged customers to meet their furry visitors and dog trainers, an event which certainly caught the eye of the Chorley public.

Setting tails wagging

The Specsavers team, who were on hand to give out badges, stickers and balloons to children on the day, were also joined by a dedicated group of Guide Dog charity volunteers who described the response from the public as ‘fantastic’.

Since launching its partnership with the charity in October 2013 in the hope of raising enough funds to name and sponsor a puppy through its year-long training, the store has held an array of fundraising events.

The next job for the Specsavers team is to name their sponsored puppy.

Charity target reached

Donna Sumner, optical consultant at Specsavers Chorley, store said: ‘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.

Welcoming the pups into the store is always exciting for us, let alone our visitors, and we’re delighted to now be in a position to sponsor a pup through its training.

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

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

Invaluable cause

It costs almost £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement aged about 10. Guide Dogs doesn’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations, wouldn’t be able to support the 4,600 Guide Dog partnerships in the UK.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people as well as campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment, educating the public about eyecare and funding eye disease research. For more information click here.

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