Tesco fund benefits local guide dog branch
THE Balbriggan/north County Dublin branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind took ‘great pleasure’ recently in accepting a cheque from the Tesco Community Fund Initiative, with funds going towards the training of guide dogs for the blind and the training of assistance dogs for children with autism.
The cheque was presented to the branch by Lisa Mcevoy on behalf of Tesco, along with Cheryl Floody of Tesco HR department.
Balbriggan/north Dublin Irish Guide Dogs member and guide dog owner Tom O’neill, accompanied by guide dog ‘Gatsby’, thanked Tesco for its continued support, and also the customers of the store for ‘putting those blue chips into the container in the shop when our name goes in.’
Tom said: ‘Our branch of guide dogs had great pleasure in accepting the cheque from the Tesco Community Fund Initiative. It’s said that every little helps, and we are so grateful for the donation.’
Launched in July 2014, Tesco Community Fund sees €1m donated annually to local causes in the communities around each of its 146 stores throughout Ireland.
The launch followed a successful pilot programme in six Tesco stores, which ran from March to July 2014, and saw Tesco donate €22,000 to 50 local causes.
The branch will put the money to very good use, training more guide dogs and assistance dogs to help local people who are visually impaired or have autism.