SPECSAVERS in Idle is kick-starting its fundraising campaign for the charity Guide Dogs from this Friday (12 February) with a three-day fundraising event. The optician has set a £5,000 fundraising target for 2016 – an amount which will allow the charity Guide Dogs to put a puppy through training.

On 13 February, the Guide Dog Sensory Unit will be set up in the car park of Enterprise 5 Retail Park. Customers and shoppers are invited to enter the unit to experience what it is like to have little or no sight.

A word from the Community Engagement Officer at Guide Dogs
Debbie Linford, Community Engagement Officer at Guide Dogs, said: “The Sensory Unit is a brilliant demonstration for people to experience what everyday life is like for members of the community who experience sight loss.

“Visitors can be blindfolded when they enter the tunnel within the unit and are invited to let all their senses, other than sight, guide them through. The walls are textured showing what touch can tell us about situations, sounds are played in the unit such as traffic, wind and everyday crowds. It’s interesting to witness how differently people react to sounds without their sight – traffic can startle and sounds of crowds can be intimating and frightening.”

Fundraiser for the charity
The team at Idle Specsavers will also be holding a raffle with a £50 Specsavers vouchers up for grabs, a tombola and a cake sale in store to help raise funds for the charity Guide Dogs. The team at Specsavers has pledged to hold events and fundraise for the charity throughout 2016 to hit a target of £5,000.  


A word from the store director
Bhrat Phakey, store director at Idle Specsavers, said: “Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. We’re determined to hit our £5,000 target this year and this weekend will be great opportunity to start fundraising.”

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