Staff from the Hartlepool store raised £1,800 for Guide Dogs in just two days after holding a fundraising event.

The charity is close to the hearts of the team as a number of their customers have guide dogs, and one customer even trains guide dog puppies.

They held a tombola, cake stall and ‘Guess the Name of the Giant Teddy’ competition which proved extremely popular with customers and shoppers in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre who gave donations.

A word from the store director

Ian Walker, store director at Specsavers in Hartlepool, said: ‘We were absolutely bowled over with the amount of money raised! We’d like to say a very big thank you to shoppers in Hartlepool who gave so generously, and it was great to see them having lots of fun with our activities.

‘We’re now going to aim to raise enough money so that we can choose the name of a guide dog puppy. Guide Dogs carries out such tremendous work so we’re all very keen to keep supporting them.’

More about Guide Dogs

The charity relies on donations to pay for everything from training and breeding to microchipping and vets’ fees. It says there are currently 180,000 blind or partially sighted people in the UK who rarely leave home alone.

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss but there could be nearly four million by 2050.

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