A Colwyn Bay opticians held a month-long fundraising campaign throughout October in aid of the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Guide Dogs week

Specsavers on Sea View invited locals to pay a visit, join the fun, and sample some homemade cakes specially made by staff as part of Guide Dogs week. They continued to raise funds for the charity throughout the month, and the £250 raised will help to transform the lives of those that are blind and partially-sighted in the area.

Putting their best bakes forward, the team at the store competed for the ‘star baker’ title in a crazy cupcake competition. They also each donated to the charity and wore something ‘bright for sight’ -  inspired by the neon yellow of a Guide Dog harness.

Charity donations

Furthermore, the store donated £1 for every eye test carried out on their fundraising day, inviting customers taking up the current free sight test offer to donate to the charity too.

Erica Chapman, store director at Specsavers in Colwyn Bay, says: ‘We were planning the fundraiser for weeks so we were looking forward to the day finally coming round. We hope our customers were as excited as we were and want to thank them for their generosity which really will make a difference.

‘As opticians, Guide Dogs for the Blind is a cause that is obviously very close to our hearts, and the work they do locally is incredible.’

Educating the public

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 eye care and funding eye disease research.

Guide Dogs has improved the lives of more than 30,000 blind and partiall- sighted people in the UK. It costs £50,000 to support a Guide Dog from birth to retirement.

For more information about Guide Dogs click here

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