Tesco fund ben­e­fits lo­cal guide dog branch

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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