Sainsbury’s Guide dogs

JPCT 30-05-12 S12221691a  Horsham Sainsbury's - end of local chairty partnership cheque hand over to Guide Dogs For The Blind   -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 30-05-12 S12221691a Horsham Sainsbury's - end of local chairty partnership cheque hand over to Guide Dogs For The Blind -photo by Steve Cobb
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By Horsham Sainsbury’s

Following a year’s worth of fundraising, colleagues at Sainsbury’s Horsham have managed to raise £5,450 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. On Wednesday May 30 2012 at 10.30am in the store, colleagues presented Phillipa Jan, community fundraiser West Sussex and Surrey for Guide Dogs for the Blind with a cheque to celebrate the success of their year’s partnership.

Back in May last year, Sainsbury’s Horsham customers voted for the Guide Dogs for the Blind to be considered to receive a year’s worth of support from the store, situated in Worthing Road. The charity, which deliver the guide dog service and other mobility services, as well as breaking down barriers – both physical and legal – to enable blind and partially sighted people to get around on their own, was announced as the store’s new local charity partner last June.

During the year, the charity was supported by store colleagues through a number of fundraising activities. Highlights included colleagues dressing up as dogs and attending an obedience class at the front of the store with Cruella de Vil, and winning the town centre’s Pancake race adding more funds to the pot.

Phillipa Jan, Community Fundraiser West Sussex and Surrey from Guide Dogs for the Blind said: “We’re really grateful for the fantastic efforts of the colleagues and customers at Sainsbury’s Horsham. They have really helped to raise the profile of our charity in Horsham. We’d like to thank every customer who’s helped contribute to this fantastic total”.

The money donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind will now be used to train a new puppy. The Store customers and colleagues will be offered the chance to name a guide dog puppy and receive personalised updates and photos throughout their first year.