Specsavers in Idle has pledged its support to a worthy cause by holding an in-store fundraising week in aid of Guide Dogs, raising £620 for the charity.

The team at the store on Five Lane Ends in Idle held a weeks’ worth of fundraising events in aid of the store’s chosen charity partner recently, which provides expertly trained guide dogs to blind and partially sighted people of all ages across the UK. Guide Dogs is currently responsible for around 8,000 dogs, receives no government funding and depends upon public support. The lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £50,000.

Customers came along throughout the fundraising week to help raise valuable funds for the charity by taking part in a series of activities, including a raffle, children’s colouring competition, an in-store bake sale and face painting, while all children that came down throughout the week received free goody bags.

On Friday 22 August, customers also had the chance to visit the Guide Dogs sensory unit at the store, where they could experience what it’s like to be visually impaired thanks to a special simulator.

Speaking about the fundraising week, Bhrat Phakey, store director at Specsavers in Idle, says: ‘We’re really pleased with how successful our fundraising week was and would like to thank our loyal customers for getting involved in our money raising activities to help raise money for Guide Dogs.

‘Our customers have always been great when it comes to getting behind our charitable efforts and they didn't disappoint this time round.’

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