Specsavers staff in Carmarthen have raised more than £100 to show their support for the hundreds of people living with sight loss in the local community this Guide Dogs Week (3-11 October).
Welcomed Guide dog, Captain
The charity’s annual awareness and fundraising week took the theme of ‘Let’s Glow’, and saw staff at Specsavers in Carmarthen pay £1 to wear the official Guide Dogs colours of neon yellow and blue.
Staff also held a cake sale and ran a ‘guess the name of the puppy’ competition.
The opticians also welcomed guide dog, Captain, and charity representatives, Rita and Rhodri, to the store to meet customers during Guide Dogs Week.
A special appearance was made by Gretel and Bishop, two guide dog puppies in training.
‘A proud supporter’
Kevin McCarthy, store director of Specsavers in Carmarthen, 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.’