Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has congratulated Burton and South Derbyshire Guide Dogs for the Blind for raising over £700 from a sponsored walk. Volunteers, organisers, participants and enthusiastic dogs all convened at The Punch Bowl in Stapenhill where Andrew launched the walk.
“We all take our sight for granted when going about our everyday tasks. It is difficult to imagine living without vision but a guide dog can help a blind person still lead a busy and active life. It is fantastic that just by walking a few miles in the beautiful countryside around Burton, we can help train another dog that lets someone lead a full life”.
It costs Guide Dogs for the Blind £49,800 to train and maintain a guide dog over their life time, the entire cost having to be covered only by donations. The charity have been breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, while also delivering confidence-building and rehabilitation services and funding ophthalmic research.
Carol Glover, who organised the event and is blind herself, said:
“Thank you so much to everyone who took part. Without my guide dog, Ice, I would not even be able to do simple things like pop to the shops. Ice makes all the difference in my life and gives me my independence. With the money we raised from the walk, I am pleased we can help another blind person enjoy a guide dog like Ice.”
If you would like to make a donation, please call Carol on 01283 540031 or log on to:
Photo: from left to right – Andrew, Carol Glover, Ice the (real) Dog, Paddy the (mascot) Dog a.k.a. Leanne Watson, and participant Rachel Evans