Specsavers staff and customers raise cash for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Specsavers in Gosport rep ep''Specsavers in Gosport raised more than �200 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Specsavers in Gosport rep ep''Specsavers in Gosport raised more than �200 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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More than £200 to help blind people has been raised by an opticians.

The Gosport branch of Specsavers has dug deep over the past three months to raise £232 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The charity provides mobility for people who are blind and partially-sighted.

And Specsavers, on High Street, wants to help them further by reaching £300 during the next week.

Store director Philippe Brogan says: ‘We’ve raised a total of £232.41 for Guide Dogs which is great.

‘But we don’t want to stop there.

‘We are keen to hit a target of £300.

‘Our Gosport community has been very generous in helping us support this charity.

‘We’re keen to focus our fundraising efforts on them for 2015.

‘We’re inviting everyone to come and donate so that guide dogs can continue to make a difference.’

As well as helping people who are blind, the charity also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment and helps to fund eye disease research.

This is the second time this year that the Specsavers branch in Gosport has helped the community.

Earl in the new year it helped kids stay safe at night by donating 20 high-visibility vests to children who play for Gosport Football Club.

The store wanted to promote night-time safety as the evenings get dark early and some football games kick off after school.

Specsavers store director Philippe Brogan adds: ‘We want to make sure that children are safe and visible at night.

‘Since nights have got darker, we hope that our donation will help parents.

‘We also hope it will help to put their minds at ease when their children are on outings or playing football during dark evenings.’

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