The Preston team has certainly set tails wagging in the city centre after six cute canines stole the spotlight at its special event in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The colourful and fun-filled event outside the Friargate store was held to raise awareness for one of the store’s chosen charities.

For a great cause

The Specsavers team, who were on hand to give out badges, stickers and balloons to children on the day, were also joined by a dedicated group of Guide Dog charity volunteers who described the response from the public as ‘fantastic’.

The successful event raised a total of £369.

Huge thank you

Store director Sean Buckley, said: ‘On behalf of the store and the charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Preston for their wonderful support in helping us make such a great start to our fundraising.

‘Welcoming the pups is always exciting for us, let alone our visitors, and we’re delighted that our event has helped Guide Dogs to raise vital awareness of the wonderful work it does with the visually impaired; a cause obviously very close to our hearts as opticians.

Ongoing support

It costs almost £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement, aged about 10. Guide Dogs doesn’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations, wouldn’t be able to support the 4,600 Guide Dog partnerships in the UK.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people as well as campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment, educating the public about eyecare and funding eye disease research.

For further information on the Guide Dogs charity click here

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