A special guest certainly set tails wagging at the Accrington store.

The team held a special event to welcome Bert, a seven-month-old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd cross, after recently reaching their £5,000 charity target to fund his intensive year-long specialist training.

Fur a great cause
Suzanne George, store director, said: ‘There was definitely a buzz on the shop floor as soon as Bert turned up!

‘Welcoming the guide dogs into the store is always exciting for us, let alone our visitors, but it was extra special to finally meet Bert.’

A long term supporter of the Guide Dogs charity, the store held an array of fundraising events over the last 12 months for Bert’s training fund.

‘We’re a team of dog lovers and 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 and helping to fund Bert’s training.

Long term commitment
‘It costs almost £50,000 to support a guide dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement aged about 10. We’re going to be backing and monitoring Bert all the way and can’t wait to find out what he gets up to.

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

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

Invaluable work
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.

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