Specsavers in Bridlington will be visited by two guide dogs this Friday 7 October to help raise money during Guide Dog Week (1 – 9 October).
Three-year-old Scooby and his owner Lynne, along with four-year-old Carter and owner Sally will be coming in store to meet patients and colleagues, aiming to raise awareness of Guide Dogs UK and showcase the importance of their role in working with blind and partially sighted people.
Though the store raises money for different charities throughout the year, Guide Dogs UK in particular has a special place in its heart, especially for lab manager Paul Dean.
His wife Lynne lives with the eye disease macular degeneration and black Golden Retriever cross Labrador Scooby is her guide dog. Her eyesight has deteriorated over the last 14 years and Scooby has been paramount in enabling her to live a normal life over the last 12 months.
Macular degeneration occurs when the small central portion of the retina deteriorates, and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 60.
Lynne, however, was diagnosed with the condition at the earlier age of 42 and, more recently, her sight has become worse and she now needs assistance to be able to get around independently outside her home. This is why it is essential that guide dogs like Scooby and Carter are available to assist those with sight problems.
‘As a cause that is so close to my heart, I know how important it is to support the Guide Dog Charity,’ says Paul. It really is incredible how much Scooby has changed my wife’s life, and it’s nice to know that any money we raise on the day will be going towards helping those who suffer with eye problems to live a better life.’
As well as welcoming the guide dogs into store, Bridlington Specsavers will also be holding tombola with prizes and cake stall throughout the day and asking for donations for every glasses MOT carried out.
The Guide Dogs charity works with people to provide mobility and freedom support, it also actively campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educating the public about eye care and funding eye disease research.