Two very important visitors were the star attractions at Specsavers Wells opticians on Saturday 1 August.

Walton, an eight-week-old guide dog puppy and Merv, a 15-month-old black Labrador, who is set to complete the next stage of his training, visited the store with their handlers.

The team has been fundraising for Guide Dogs over the last eight months, raising £758 in the process by holding dress down days and carrying out specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments).

‘We were thrilled Walton and Merv were able to come in and see us as we’ve all really enjoyed raising the money,’ said store director Nic Johns. ‘We had quite a few children in that day so the dogs certainly caused quite a stir! We hope that the money will allow the charity to continue to support blind and visually impaired people locally.’

This is part of an ongoing partnership with Guide Dogs which has already seen Specsavers raise enough money to pay for the breeding and training costs of 25 guide dog pups. Guide Dogs provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. It also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eyecare and funds eye disease research. 

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