Guide dog event in Derry on Friday

Guide dog owners and volunteers will be on the streets of Derry this Friday talking to people about the work of the charity and their need for volunteers within the city.

The local Maiden city branch run fundraising events and do talks for local schools and groups telling people about the fantastic work of the charity. Guide Dogs relies on voluntary donations to be able to do its life changing work and some of that is raised by groups such as the Maiden city branch, as the majority of the branch members are Guide Dog owners or people with a visual impairment they are in need of sighted volunteers to assist with activities essential to raising these vital funds.

The event is a brilliant opportunity to meet local guide dog owners already benefiting from the charity’s work.

Talking to them about their involvement with the charity and the difference having a guide dog has made to their lives will prove vital in realising how important volunteer help can be.

The charities information vehicle will be parked in Guild Hall Square on the day giving people the opportunity to pop in and say hello, ask questions, watch a dvd or just pick up some information leaflets.

There will also be volunteers around the city holing collection buckets so if you want to support the charity but are not able to volunteer please feel free to say hello and support our collection.

Jennie McBride a Derry based Guide dog owner added “A Guide Dog has changed my life. I’d really like to encourage members of the local community to volunteer and help more people with a visual impairment benefit from the mobility services Guide Dogs provide”.

Anyone interested in volunteering or fundraising for Guide Dogs is invited to attend the local roadshow or contact Guide Dogs’ Volunteering Team on 0845 371 7771 or by emailing volunteer@guidedogs.org.uk