Specsavers staff in Blackwood have raised more than £130 to show their support for the hundreds of people living with sight loss in the local community this Guide Dogs Week (3-11 October).

Guide Dog visits

Staff at Specsavers in Blackwood held a cake sale and ran a competition in-store to ‘guess the name of the puppy’ during the charity’s annual week of fundraising.

The opticians also welcomed guide dogs Barbara and Nadine with charity representatives, Tony and Claudia, to the store to meet customers during Guide Dogs Week.

A special appearance was made by Dave, a Guide Dog puppy in training.

‘A proud supporter’

Jonathan Evans, store director of Specsavers in Blackwood, said: ‘Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. Thanks to the generosity of our customers we have raised a nationwide total of £270,000 in the past four years, which has funded 25 guide dog puppies.

‘We’d like to thank all our customers for their donations again this year, we’re delighted to have got involved and raised money for such a fantastic cause.’

Lisa Bell, Guide Dogs’ corporate partnerships officer, said: ‘Every hour another person in the UK loses their sight, and the impact is life changing. The Guide Dogs charity is here to make sure that when someone loses their vision they don’t have to lose their freedom as well.’

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