‘It was all about Edward’

Staff at Specsavers have raised �5,000 to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy, by holding fancy dress days, sky dives etc. Pictured with dogs Edward and Opal are Sandrea Waspe and Graham Waspe, with (back left to right) Andy Farren, Michelle Bridges and Simon Hill.
Staff at Specsavers have raised �5,000 to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy, by holding fancy dress days, sky dives etc. Pictured with dogs Edward and Opal are Sandrea Waspe and Graham Waspe, with (back left to right) Andy Farren, Michelle Bridges and Simon Hill.
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CELEBRITY guide dog Edward may have lost his sight, but his story has inspired one business to raise more than £5,000 for a new puppy to be trained.

Staff at Specsavers, in Stowmarket, were so touched by Edward’s story that they set out to raise the amount for a new puppy – and the new Edward was born on September 11.

Employee Michelle Bridges, who organised sky dives, collections and fancy dress days, said: “It was all about Edward – and we want another little one.”

Edward was forced to retire after he was diagnosed with glaucoma. His handler, Graham Waspe, now has another guide dog called Opal. He and his wife Sandra now hope to raise money to fund another guide dog puppy, named after Opal.

n Next week marks the 80th anniversary of the Guide Dogs charity and is also national Guide Dog Week.