The Austin Friars team welcomed volunteers and guide dogs to help raise £452 for a charity that supports blind and partially-sighted people.

Supporting Guide Dogs

Canine companions Yolande, Eddie and Alfie were given a warm welcome by staff and customers. They joined volunteers from Guide Dogs to raise awareness, as well as hundreds of pounds for the charity through collection boxes.

For more than a decade, Specsavers has supported Guide Dogs to raise funds that can train the dogs and educate the public about the importance of regular eye tests.

Specsavers store director in Newport, Craig MacKenzie, said: ‘Guide Dogs provide those with limited or no vision at all the chance to live their lives as independently as possible, which is why we want to support the charity as much as we can.

'Inviting the volunteers to our store was the least we could do, and I hope that the money raised will go some way to training more dogs so that no one with sight issues is left without help.’

Importance of sight tests

According to research by Specsavers and the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), nearly six million people currently live with sight-threatening conditions in the UK, half of which are avoidable. Around a quarter of those researched admitted that they do not have an eye test at least once every two years, which is recommended by the College of Optometrists.

‘With millions suffering from poor eye health across the country, the importance of regular eye tests has never been more apparent,’ Mr MacKenzie adds.

‘We will continue to champion the importance of eyecare within our store, and supporting charities such as Guide Dogs is one way to do this.’

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