New in­sight

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Ro­tary Club of Hamil­ton heard all about the work of the Guide Dogs char­ity at their meet­ing last week.

Mem­bers heard from Elaine Perry that she was reg­is­tered blind in 2012 and her suit­abil­ity to re­ceive a guide dog was as­sessed.

She was suc­cess­ful and started her train­ing with Ricky in Oc­to­ber 2013. The pair are now in­sep­a­ra­ble.

The club also heard that, from birth to re­tire­ment, it costs £58,000 to fund a guide dog. Less than one per cent of the char­ity’s fund­ing comes from the gov­ern­ment, so they rely on the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic.

It takes around 20 months of spe­cialised train­ing to trans­form a puppy into a con­fi­dent guide dog.

They will nor­mally work un­til they are aged around ten.

Hamil­ton Ro­tary Club meet at Hamil­ton Golf Club ev­ery Thursday, 6.15pm for a 6.45pm start.

Visit Elaine Perry of Guide Dogs with Ro­tary club pres­i­dent Mark Wil­liams

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