A special visit from man’s best friend helped boost donations at a Guide Dogs Week drive in a Grays opticians to £245.

Guide Dogs charity ambassadors, Brenda Weaver, June Maylin and Jeff Game and dogs, Buster, Shannon and Dolly visited Specsavers opticians at The Mall in Grays Shopping Centre, as the store carried out a fundraising initiative in aid of the charity during its annual awareness week.

The store also distributed 176 high visibility jackets to children on the day to promote road safety as the end of British Summertime approached.

A word from the store director

Niki Kaur, store director at Specsavers in Grays, said: ‘A Guide Dog costs around £50,000 throughout its life, and provides priceless mobility and freedom to someone who is blind or partially sighted. As eyecare specialists, we’re proud that the money raised in store will help the charity create these partnerships and fund research into eye disease. Thank you to all our visitors for joining us, and to everyone who donated so generously.’

‘We’re also pleased that so many of our young people took the chance to pick up their own high visibility vest from store. Vision and visibility plays key roles in road safety, and we encourage our young people to be safe on our roads and drivers to make sure they’re driving safely, and have regular eye tests.’

More about Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs has been breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years. Guide Dogs Week ran from Saturday 4 October until Sunday 12 October.

More about Road Safety Week

Specsavers is a co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, which runs from 17-23 November, and aims to promote regular eye examinations for drivers and road safety in general.

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