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New volunteers urgently needed by Rugby Guide Dogs

Editorial Correspondent 20th May, 2022 Updated: 24th May, 2022

AN URGENT plea for new volunteers has been made by Rugby Guide Dogs.

The sight loss charity is appealing for anyone who would like to support a good cause and be part of a local social group to come forward.

The Rugby group is part of a network of Guide Dogs supporter groups across the country who help raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Group Co-ordinator Suzanne said: “It’s a great opportunity to meet lovely new people – and dogs – and see first-hand the positive impact the work of Guide Dogs can have for people living with sight loss and to raise awareness and funds to support.

“Being part of the group is a fun and sociable experience. We have monthly meet-ups at a coffee shop and twice a year we host a quiz night, among other things.”

Felicity Stratton, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager for Guide Dogs, said: “Our volunteer supporter groups run a range of activities, from local events to collections, helping us raise awareness and funds needed to support people living with sight loss.

“Being part of one of our groups is a great way to make new friends, whilst supporting a good cause.

“It costs around £54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement, and Guide Dogs relies almost entirely on public donations – so the support we get from our local groups is vital.

“If you’re from the Rugby area and think you could help us, please do get in touch.”

Volunteers must be 16 or over. Guide Dogs provides all the training required for each role.

Contact Community Fundraising Relationship Manager Felicity Stratton at felicity.stratton@guidedogs.org.uk or on 07785 433261 to find out more about joining the Rugby Guide Dogs supporter group.

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