The Hemel Hempstead store was recently visited by some four-legged friends, to raise funds for International Assistance Dog Week.
What is International Assistance Dog Week?
International Assistance Dog Week was created 35 years ago to recognise all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals living with disability-related limitations. And as well as honouring assistance dogs during their special week, it is also used to raise awareness about these very special and highly trained animals.
Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their devoted companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. Assistance dogs include Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Medical Alert/Response Dogs.
What happened in-store?
The store was visited twice during the week, by representatives from Guide Dogs, and JB the dog, to help raise awareness for the cause. The team decided to donate 50p to both Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs, for each sight or hearing test that was undertaken that week. This, combined with further funds donated from customers requesting glasses repairs, totalled a huge £430 for Assistance Dogs Week (£215 to Guide Dogs and £215 to Hearing Dogs)!
Thank you from the director
Store director, Shane Bhimani, says: ‘We’ve had great support from the Hemel Hempstead community, it was great to see locals celebrate the selfless love and devotion these dogs provide. We know it is a cause that resonates with our business and lots of our customers – some of who are owners of an assistance dog themselves - and past fundraising events during this week have proved to be very popular with the local community.
‘As always, we cannot make an impact without the community’s support, so we want to take this opportunity now to thank people for their kind donations.’