Guide dogs meet Specsavers team

Specsavers in Stowmarket have raised more than �5,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind over the last year. Edward the (Blind) guide dog and his son and protegee Edward Junior were there''Pictured: Back: Lois Squirrell, James Godfrey, Andy Farren. Front: Graham Waspe with Opal (His new guide dog), Hazel Godfrey (with Edward Junior) and Michelle Bridges (with Edward senior)
Specsavers in Stowmarket have raised more than �5,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind over the last year. Edward the (Blind) guide dog and his son and protegee Edward Junior were there''Pictured: Back: Lois Squirrell, James Godfrey, Andy Farren. Front: Graham Waspe with Opal (His new guide dog), Hazel Godfrey (with Edward Junior) and Michelle Bridges (with Edward senior)

A PUPPY in training to become a guide dog met those who fund-raised for the privilege of naming him on Saturday.

In March last year, Michelle Bridges and manager Andy Farren, from Specsavers, in Stowmarket, took part in a sponsored sky dive and raised more than £2,500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

That money was matched by branch director Simon Hill, providing the team with the funds to pay for naming aspiring guide dog Edward Junior after a blind four legged friend.

Edward Junior, five-months-old, was joined on Saturday by guide dog Opal and former guide dog Edward, who he was named after.

Edward senior was forced to take early retirement when a rare glaucoma meant his eyes had to be removed.

Michelle, 25, said: “Meeting them makes me feel the charity we’ve chosen is worthwhile and I think everybody should get behind it and be as generous as possible.”

Sandra Waspe, Guide Dogs volunteer, said: “Naming the dogs keeps people more in touch with the charity, rather than just asking them to give money.”

From the moment the dogs are conceived until they are fully qualified guide dogs costs the charity £36,000 per dog.