Newport residents have already helped a local opticians raise more than £1,000 this year for Guide Dogs Cymru, after holiday a number of fundraising events in-store over the course of the year.

Close partnership

The Friars Walk team has raised funds for the charity since the start of 2018, inviting representatives from Guide Dogs Cymru to the store throughout the year to encourage donations from customers. The charity provides support services and guidance for people across Wales with sight loss conditions.

Most recently, customers of the store helped raise £273 for the charity when its representatives – including guide dog Alfie – spent the day at the store. The optical team also provided advice on sight loss and highlighted the importance of regular eye tests.

According to Guide Dogs UK, a £5 donation can ensure someone with sight loss has access to a guide dog for one day. The national charity is currently responsible for 8,000 dogs across the UK, and also relies on volunteers to provide practical advice and emotional support for the families of those with sight loss conditions.

Admirable cause

Clare Baker, team leader at Specsavers Newport, helped organise the fundraising events. She says: ‘We strive to support charity initiatives in creative ways whenever we can. Guide Dogs Cymru, which is based nearby in St Mellons, Cardiff, is an obvious match for us as an eye care provider.

‘The charity provides life-changing services to hundreds of Welsh people suffering with sight loss, as well as support for their families, and even works with businesses across the region to ensure their staff are trained to manage people with sight loss conditions. It’s truly admirable and inviting the volunteers to our store was the least we could do – I’m just glad we’ve been able to help them raise so much money already this year.’

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