Guide dog has its day at Grantham opticians

Specsavers staff welcome Ed and Carol Brown and guide dog William.
Specsavers staff welcome Ed and Carol Brown and guide dog William.
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Specsavers in Grantham collected £171.26 last week during a day of raising money and awareness for the Guide Dogs charity.

The opticians has supported the charity for the past 10 years, and on Friday staff at the branch in the Isaac Newton Centre dressed in bright neon colours in honour of the iconic yellow of the guide dogs harness.

Bijal Ladva, store director of Specsavers in Grantham, said: “We are always looking for opportunities to raise awareness and money to help towards the cost of training guide dogs. It is part of a national fundraising campaign taking place in Specsavers stores all over the country.”

Moreover staff welcomed five-year-old guide dog William to the store, whose owner Ed Brown from Barrowby spoke to visitors about the difference William has made to his daily life.

“He knows the roads I use, what I’m saying and knows left and right. He has given me back my independence and keeps me out of danger,” he said.

Ed’s wife Carol who is treasurer of the Grantham branch of the Guide Dogs added that they are looking for volunteers to help with the fundraising efforts.

Anyone who can spare a couple of hours a week to help the charity is asked to call Carol or Ed on 01476 569699.