Sheffield Guide Dogs event raises almost £5000

By Anna Whittaker

Guide Dogs UK have raised almost £5000 for charity through selling handmade throws, cakes and Christmas decorations.

The Hillsborough branch hoped to reach their target by hosting a final event on Friday 28 October.

Guide Dogs UK volunteer Sylvia Grayson trains puppies for their first year before going on to advanced guide dog training.

The 63 year old said: “We have raised £4600 in the past year and we hope that this event will help us to make £5000.”

She added: “Partially sighted and blind people who have guide dogs do not have to pay for them. This means that we must raise money to fund the costs of training the dogs, which amounts to almost £50,000 per dog.

dog2Trainer Keith Graham, who is also a volunteer, is currently training his 17th guide dog.

He has to take 18 week old puppy Randle everywhere with him for a year, before passing him on to more advanced trainers.

He said: “It is horrible when you have to pass on your puppy after just a year. You grow to love them and they become a part of your family and then you have to give them away.

He added: “I normally ask for the puppy to be taken when I am out, so I come home from work and they have just gone. It is devastating every time.”

The event also had the 23rd World Scout Jamboree Quilt before it goes on permanent display in London.

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