A Wandsworth fundraising drive raised more than £800 for man’s best friend.

The Guide Dogs charity initiative, championed by Specsavers in Wandsworth, saw £825.47 collected in store during a fun day which featured a visit from six guide dogs.

A word from the store director

Raj Patel, store director at Specsavers in Wandsworth, said: ‘A guide dog costs around £50,000 throughout its life, and provides priceless mobility and freedom to someone who is blind or partially sighted. As eyecare experts, we are passionate about this cause and were determined to raise as much money as possible for Guide Dogs during our fundraising drive. Thank you to everyone who showed their support and thank you to our special guests on the day.’

On the day

During the festivities, residents took part in a host of activities, including a prize draw, straw tombola and a competition to guess the name of Saud the puppy.

Prizes included cinema tickets from Cineworld, a Tesco hamper, Nando’s, Entertainer, Wagamama, Ekachai, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Waterstones, Costa Coffee and Virgin Active vouchers, and a selection of gifts from WHSmith, Planet Organic and Tiger.

Max, the giant puppy, was also on hand to give out balloons gifted by Card Factory, while Guide Dogs merchandise was on offer outside the store.

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