Specsavers staff at High Street, Newport have raised more than £320 by donning 1980’s neon to show their support for the hundreds of people living with sight loss in the local community this Guide Dogs Week (3-11 October).

Host of activities

The charity’s annual awareness and fundraising week took the theme of ‘Let’s Glow’, which saw staff at Specsavers in Newport decorate the High Street store in a colourful 1980’s ‘Club Tropicana’ theme and wear neon fancy dress.

The opticians also welcomed guide dog, Elaina, to the store to meet customers during Guide Dogs Week.

Newport Specsavers also organised a bottle raffle, with local businesses such as Wilkinsons, Sainsburys and Queens Newsagents donating prizes and sold cupcakes.

‘A proud supporter’

Jason Williams, store director of Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘Specsavers has been a proud supporter of Guide Dogs for more than 10 years. Thanks to the generosity of our customers we have raised a nationwide total of £270,000 in the past four years, which has funded 25 guide dog puppies.

‘We’d like to thank all our customers for their donations again this year, we’re delighted to have got involved and raised money for such a fantastic cause.’

Lisa Bell, Guide Dogs’ corporate partnerships officer, said: ‘Every hour another person in the UK loses their sight, and the impact is life changing. The Guide Dogs charity is here to make sure that when someone loses their vision they don’t have to lose their freedom as well.’

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