Staff at Specsavers in Alloa welcomed four guide dogs in-training to the store to help highlight Guide Dogs Week and raised £340 for the charity.

The Labrador puppies visited Specsavers on the High Street on Friday 10 October to meet staff and customers. The visit took place during Guide Dogs Week 2014 (4 - 12 October) to generate funds and raise awareness of the fantastic work of Guide Dogs Scotland.

Fantastic fundraising
The event gave customers the opportunity to meet some of the charity’s puppies and learn about their vital work. The visit also forms part of the training process by familiarising the puppies with busy public environments they will likely encounter as a fully-trained guide dogs.

The store’s staff also sold homemade tablet and Guide Dog Scotland glow-in-the-dark badges. Customers had the opportunity to enter an in-store competition to win a giant cuddly Labrador puppy soft toy for correctly guessing its birthday. The store also donated £1 for every eye test carried out during the fundraising day.

Lynne Sangster, retail director at Specsavers Alloa, says: ‘Everyone at the store really enjoyed meeting our four-legged visitors, who received lots of attention from our customers.

‘Guide Dogs Scotland is a charity we have long supported and a very worthy cause. I’m proud of our staff for organising such a fantastic event and pleased to have a healthy total to hand over to the charity.’

A great cause
Guide Dogs Scotland provides blind or partially sighted people with a guide dog to help greatly improve their quality of living. Money raised for the charity not only helps to train future guide dogs, but also helps train the new owners and provide them with all the essential items they will need and financial assistance to cover food and veterinary bills.

Guide Dogs Week is the charity’s annual event to raise awareness of its great work by encouraging people to Stand Out for Guide Dogs by wearing yellow – the colour of a guide dog’s harness.

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