I’ve got my life back now
Lynn so grateful for guide dog
An Airdrie woman who lost her sight has told how she is enjoying a new lease of life since being paired with her “wee gem” of a guide dog.
Lynn Barr says golden labrador Eva “has brightened my mood, improved my confidence and given me my independence back.”
Now she has joined the newlyformed Airdrie fundraising branch of Guide Dogs, whose members are encouraging fellow Monklands residents and businesses to get involved in supporting the charity.
Lynn first contacted Guide Dogs last year and first teamed up with Eva just two months ago.
The 58-year-old has been living with sight loss for 20 years due to hereditary condition retinitis pigmentosa, which results in tunnel vision and night blindness.
She said: “I had to give up driving, which left me feeling depressed as I had lost my independence; I reluctantly got training in using the long cane which I didn’t really like using but I had to, to keep me safe when out in public places.”
“I had a phone call from the charity to say they’d like me to meet a dog and started training with Eva in August.
“We seemed to get along great, and both successfully qualified two weeks later. Eva is just a wee gem – she’s so clever and has made me laugh and cry with joy.”
Airdrie resident Lynn is now among 530 guide dog owners across Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the annual Guide Dogs week, which begins on Saturday, she added: “I’m so thankful to Eva’s volunteer puppy walker, who raised her for a year and set the foundations for her.
“I cannot thank Guide Dogs enough for the great job they do giving blind people their life back.”
Now charity representatives are hoping local people will lend their support to its Airdrie group, which runs fundraisers ranging from tea parties and pub quizzes to supermarket collections in support of the charity, which relies on donations to provide its services.
Community fundraiser Tammy Robinson said: “Each guide dog costs our charity over £55,000 from birth to retirement – and with the support of the community, we hope we can help more puppies on their way to becoming life-changers like Eva.
“There are lots of ways for people to help, whether they want to spare an hour a month or a couple of hours a week; and businesses can also help by hosting a collection box.
“Volunteering is a great way to have fun and meet new people, while making a big difference to people with sight loss.”
For more details, email tammy. email@example.com or call 07468 711904.
Lynn Barr with her guide dog Eva
She’s so clever and has made me laugh and cry with joy