Specsavers in Halifax have raised a fantastic £250 in aid of the Guide Dogs Week 2015 theme ‘Let’s Glow’, by donning neon to show their support for the hundreds of people living with sight loss in the local community.
On Thursday, 8th October, store staff dressed up in their flashiest neon outfits, decorating the store and baking up a storm to help raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs.
Customers were invited to donate £1 to guess the name of a plush toy guide dog, and purchase home-baked treats to support the cause.
There was also be a special VIP guest: Artie, a working guide dog, came into store to meet local children and help teach them about the valuable work that he does.
Guide Dogs Week is the charity’s annual awareness and fundraising week which took place this year from the 3-11 October.
Philip Garbe, store director of Specsavers Halifax, said: ‘Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. Thanks to the 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 were delighted to be able to contribute to this wonderful cause.'
A word from the charity
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.’
Specsavers customers can also get involved in Guide Dogs Week by visiting www.guidedogs.org.uk/letsglow, or can simply support us by texting FREEDOM to 70007 to donate just £3, or even pop in to a store to pick up a glow in the dark pin badge for £1.