CLEVELAND CENTRE VISITORS RAISE £12,000
FOR GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND
GENEROUS shoppers visiting The Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough have ensured that two Labrador puppies will be trained to provide essential support for blind and partially-sighted people.
The puppies, Sadie and Lola, who are four-months-old will stay with their mother at the National Breeding Centre before coming to Middlesbrough to be trained and placed with owners.
A total of £12,000 was raised through the efforts of charity volunteers Barry and Brenda Spooner and their team from Guide Dogs For The Blind who ran a stall in the Cleveland Centre throughout the year. Since the team started fund-raising in 1983, they have raised more than £1.2m for the charity thanks to the kind-hearted donations of Middlesbrough people.
Centre manager Debbie Anderson said: “We are delighted to support this amazing charity which breeds and trains puppies so that they become an essential support to a visually impaired person.
“Shoppers’ generosity in The Cleveland Centre has been inspiring and we are looking forward to hearing about the puppies once the training has been completed and they are placed with children or adults in Middlesbrough.”