Specsavers Galashiels raised £600 during a fundraising event to raise awareness of Guide Dogs Week 2015.

To mark Guide Dogs Week and lend support for people living with sight loss in the local community, Specsavers in Douglas Bridge held an event to raise awareness of the vital work the charity does in the local area.

Fundraising success

The team organised a fundraising event for Guide Dogs Scotland on Saturday 10 October, which saw local puppy walkers bring along their guide dogs to spread the word about the charity’s work.

Prizes donated by the store and other local businesses, including a pair of £99 designer glasses, were raffled to raise funds, while children were treated to face painting, balloons and cakes.

A word from our store director

Stuart Forrester, store director of Specsavers Galashiels said: ‘Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. With the overwhelming support 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 our customers for their support and donations during this year’s fundraiser. They made this day enjoyable and highly successful”

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. This Guide Dogs Week we wanted to reach even more people to raise awareness and reach our biggest ever Guide Dogs Week fundraising target of £1million.’

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