Specsavers staff at Abbeycentre have paid tribute to Specsavers patients, shoppers and centre staff in helping the store raise over £3500 for Guide Dogs NI.

The cash has been placed into the extra-large ‘guide dog’ money box that sits at the entrance to the store over a two-year period.

Guide Dogs NI provides a range of services for people living with sight loss.

Store welcome for guide dog owners and their dogs

Staff at Specsavers Abbeycentre, which this year marks 15 years looking after the eyes and ears of the local community, also welcomed four special guests to help them celebrate reaching this important charity milestone.

Rathcoole women, Diane Marks and Andrea Hope along with their guide dogs, Morris and Debbie visited Specsavers Abbeycentre to thank staff and customers.

Both Andrea and Diane are familiar faces at Abbeycentre and without their highly skilled dogs, life simply wouldn’t have the same meaning or purpose.

Guide dogs provide total indpendence

Diane explains the impact of having her dog Morris constantly by her side: ‘Morris gives me total independence and allows me to get out and about. It really makes me feel so normal and part of society. We can even take our dogs on planes as well as trains, buses and cars.’

Andrea agreed saying: ‘Debbie was a very special December delivery three years ago. Debbie is actually my fourth guide dog and is a wonderful companion, as well as helping me lead a normal and very sociable life.’

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