Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Guide Dogs Michaela Ifill Events fundraiser Menin­gi­tis Now

THIS year Guide Dogs Week 2018 runs from Oc­to­ber 6-14, and the char­ity Guide Dogs is ask­ing the peo­ple of Cheshire and Mersey­side to help cre­ate more life chang­ing part­ner­ships, by do­nat­ing an hour of their time at a lo­cal col­lec­tion point in Cheshire or Mersey­side.

As well as vis­it­ing a lo­cal col­lec­tion point, you can also help to raise vi­tal funds by mov­ing it for money.

Do­nate an hour of your time to bake, sing, run, dance – any­thing that gets you mov­ing it for Guide Dogs.

With your fundrais­ing sup­port, you will help to pro­vide life-chang­ing ser­vices to peo­ple liv­ing with sight loss, just like Jules, who said: “Sight loss left me iso­lated.

“My friends all worked and my fam­ily weren’t lo­cal – I couldn’t even get to the lo­cal shop for a loaf of bread.

“I was house­bound and felt I’d lit­er­ally been thrown in a black hole.

“Get­ting my guide dog Tessa, meant get­ting my in­de­pen­dence back.

“Sud­denly, I could get on the bus to meet friends and I could go shop­ping or to the gym.

“Ev­ery­thing I’d taken for granted be­fore los­ing my sight I was able to do once more be­cause of Tessa.

“There is no doubt that los­ing your sight is dev­as­tat­ing, but hav­ing a guide dog has meant that I have got my life back.

“Tessa has al­lowed me to live the life I want to lead.”

Guide Dogs is work­ing for a world where peo­ple with sight loss are never left out of life, for a world where be­ing par­tially sighted is not what de­fines you.

You can find out more about Guide Dogs Week at­ guide­dogsweek

WE’D like to in­vite your read­ers to get their run­ning shoes on and stride out in next year’s Great North Run to help beat menin­gi­tis.

By run­ning for Menin­gi­tis Now in the Great North Run – the big­gest and best half marathon in the world – you’ll be help­ing us to fight menin­gi­tis in the UK and move us ever nearer to our vi­sion of a fu­ture where no one dies from the dis­ease and ev­ery­one af­fected gets the sup­port they need.

Sadly, menin­gi­tis and sep­ti­caemia con­tinue to af­fect thou­sands of peo­ple in the UK each year and kill more un­der-5s than any other in­fec­tious dis­ease.

Help us fight back by fund­ing re­search, rais­ing aware­ness and sup­port­ing sur­vivors.

This year we had 50 run­ners tak­ing part in the run, rais­ing over £21,000 (thank you every­body).

Next year we’d like to do even bet­ter.

We have guar­an­teed places for the event, on Sun­day, Septem­ber 8, 2019, for a regis­tra­tion fee of £25 and a min­i­mum pledge of £300.

Our friendly events team is on hand to sup­port your train­ing and fundrais­ing and, as well as a run­ning top, we pro­vide a post-race re­cep­tion, in­clud­ing a sports mas­sage and re­fresh­ments. It’s a day not to miss.

Why not join our team to­day?

Find out more at www. Menin­gi­ or by email­ing me at michae­lai@ menin­gi­

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