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Monday, 22 February 2010

AN OPTICIANS in Lincoln has raised much needed funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind with a gift amnesty raffle.


The whole team at Specsavers in Lincoln High Street raised more than £140 by bringing in unwanted gifts such as chocolates, wine, books and toiletries into the store to use as prizes. Customers were then invited to take part in the raffle to see what goodies they could win.


A further £50 was raised for the charity by customers donating money towards official Guidedog merchandise, such as calendars and notebooks.


Monies raised will help the charity's ongoing commitment to providing services for blind and partially-sighted people in Lincoln.


Paul Hurdley, store director of Specsavers in Lincoln's High Street, says: 'We're thrilled to be working with Guide Dogs this year and hope that through this partnership we will not only help people who suffer from sight loss, but also educate young people and children about the importance of eye health.'


Paul continues: 'The team at Specsavers is really enthusiastic about raising the profile of Guide Dogs and the support it offers. We hope the local community gets behind this campaign to raise much needed funds.'


Nick Hardy, Guide Dogs' head of regional fundraising, says: 'Many children with sight loss struggle to make friends and develop life skills. Guide Dogs is working to change this by developing services that give confidence and independence to blind and partially-sighted children and young people.


'We're delighted that Specsavers has chosen Guide Dogs as its new charity partner, and look forward to working with them over the coming year.'  


Over the last few years the charity has undertaken a carefully-managed pilot scheme training under-16s with guide dogs. This has been very successful, with the youngsters involved showing increased confidence and mobility. As a result, the charity will be removing the minimum age requirement for guide dog ownership.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers in Lincoln. www.specsavers.co.uk