Specsavers in St Andrews has helped the fourth Guide Dogs Charity Golf Day to smash last year’s record total.

The fundraising day – held on Saturday 23 August at Drumoig Golf Resort – raised more than £20,000 for Guide Dogs Scotland.

Fundraising started at the beginning of the year for many volunteers, including the staff at Specsavers in St Andrews. 

The store collected donations for small specs repairs and director Julia Campbell also donated a voucher for a free pair of designer glasses which was auctioned off on the day.

Top prize

In the months leading up to the golf day, staff at the local opticians also sold raffle tickets to customers with a top prize of two tickets to New York up for grabs, helping the charity to sell more than 4000 tickets overall.

Danny Rooney, event organiser for Guide Dogs Scotland, says: ‘Ross Scanlon, the store manager in St Andrews, was one of the first volunteers to arrive at Drumoig to help set up prior to the golfers arriving. He worked tirelessly during the day to make sure everything ran smoothly, which is all the more commendable considering he had just become a father earlier in the week.

Very proud

‘The staff at Specsavers St Andrews can be very proud of the money they have raised over the last few years, which has helped change the lives of guide dog owners by giving them the independence and freedom that most of us take for granted.’

Guide Dogs Scotland is also planning a charity collection day at the store to mark Guide Dogs Week 2014 on Saturday, October 4.

Last year, the store was able to name its own guide dog puppy Iris, after raising more than £3,000 throughout a two-year bumper fundraising drive for Guide Dogs Scotland.

Iris has recently qualified and is working in England with her new owner. 

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