A PAT on the back has come the way of Hucknall residents who have helped raise £150,000 to buy and train more guide dogs.
Since 2009, the cash has been collected through Specsavers stores nationwide, including the one on High Street.
Stephen Archer, store director at the Hucknall branch, said: “On behalf of all the staff, I’d like to thank everyone who has visited the store and contributed to our pledge to Guide Dogs.
“Every pound we collect literally helps the charity train another guide-dog puppy to improve the quality of life for a blind or partially-sighted person, potentially in our own community.”
To celebrate the fundraising milestone, Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins visited the state-of-the-art guide dogs national breeding centre near Leamington Spa to see how the money is being invested.
She said: “I was stunned by the scale of work and time that the charity invests in the breeding programmes, training and ongoing care for all the guide dogs in the UK.
“It makes perfect sense now, but before my visit I had no idea that the guide dogs regularly returned for an eye test!”
Specsavers has pledged to raise £250,000 for the Guide Dogs charity, which will fund 25 guide-dog puppies.
The money has been collected through a wide variety of sponsored events.
n OUR PHOTO shows Dame Perkins with a puppy guide dog