More than 3,000 people enjoy fun day at guide dog training school
ORGANISERS estimate that more than 3,000 people turned out to support a fun day for Atherton’s Guide Dog Training School.
Last year the event, run by the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity at the school in Gibfield Park Avenue, raised about £9,000 and organisers are hopeful that this year’s festivities will have raised a similar sum.
There was also a pet dog show, which included categories such as “happiest dog” and “waggiest tail”.
This is the fourth year the school has held an open day and school manager Sue Richardson said it is a great way to raise awareness of the vital work that is done.
She added: “It was another great event that showed people the range of things that Guide Dogs for the Blind do to help people with sight loss.
“The idea is to raise money but also to get people into the centre who might not know what we do.
“People were extremely generous in donating to the charity and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
The school currently has 372 puppies out doing what is known as “puppy walking” — where they are sent to volunteer homes from the age of six to 13 weeks. They then return to the centre to complete their training as Guide Dogs — and the school has 92 dogs in this stage. Each month 23 dogs are provided to people who need them.
As well as the open day, the school also offers people the chance to take regular tours of the training site and, on the first Saturday of each month, there is another regular open day.
For more information about the school or to enquire about becoming a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind call 08453-727403.
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