Guide Dogs’ chance to ‘paws’ for thought

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Some special four-legged friends were the main attraction at the Scarborough launch of Guide Dogs Week 2012.

Guide dog Zane and puppy-in-training Zandra, pictured, were in the entrance of Sainsbury’s in Falsgrave with representatives from the charity.

They were joined by Scarborough’s mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory, and carried out a charity collection, which continued at Morrisons on Monday.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is holding a series of sponsored dog walks and fundraising and awareness events across the region during October as part of this celebratory event.

The theme this year for Guide Dogs Week is “Walk my Way”, with people being asked to step briefly into the world of a blind or partially sighted person and raise money in the process.

Local branch organiser, Ann Nowacki, said: “Guide Dogs Week is so important. It’s our chance to shout about Guide Dogs, feel proud of what we do and raise funds to help us reach more blind and partially sighted people.

“We’re encouraging everyone to do something special and go the extra mile.

“Blind and partially sighted people tackle new challenges every day. We are therefore inviting you to step into their world.

“Whether it’s taking a blindfold walk, having dinner in the dark or singing karaoke with your eyes shut, please try doing something different.”

The Mayor said that she found the event highly interesting and entertaining and that she had thoroughly enjoyed it.

For more fundraising for Guide Dogs ideas, please go to to download a pack or call 0870 600 23 23.

Guide Dogs provide independence and freedom to thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

It also campaigns passionately for the rights of those with visual impairments. Guide Dogs are working towards a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

This event was part of Guide Dogs Week 2012, which is Guide Dogs’ annual awareness and fundraising week and runs from 6 to 14 October. Call the number above to find out more.