Staff at a Barrhead opticians held a fundraising day encouraging customers to dig deep for the charity Guide Dogs Scotland, raising a total of £100.

As part of the fundraising event, a guide dog in training named Monty visited the store to meet staff and customers. 

As well as providing customers with the chance to meet one of the charity’s puppies and learn about the vital work of Guide Dogs Scotland, the store visit forms part of the training process by familiarising the puppies with busy public environments they will likely encounter as fully-trained guide dogs.

Fundraising day
The store’s staff also organised a bake sale, raffle and in-store competition to win a pair of designer glasses, as well as donning bright yellow outfits – a colour associated with the charity and the yellow harnesses worn by guide dogs.

Gail Thompson, director at Specsavers Barrhead, said: ‘I’m really proud of all our staff for really embracing our fundraising day. Everyone at the store really enjoyed the day and our customers were thoroughly entertained by Monty and our colourfully dressed staff.

‘Guide Dogs Scotland is a charity we have long supported and a very worthy cause and I’m very pleased to have a healthy total to hand over.’

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

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