Ap­peal for vol­un­teers to sup­port guide dogs

West Loth­ian Concise Group set for a busy month

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

The West Loth­ian Concise Group is rais­ing funds on be­half of Guide Dogs Scot­land.

As well as plac­ing col­lec­tion boxes with re­tail­ers and busi­nesses, the char­ity is ar­rang­ing col­lec­tion days, giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the pub­lic by hand­ing out leaflets pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices of­fered by Guide Dogs Scot­land.

And on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, vol­un­teers will be at Mata­lan Liv­ingston from 10am un­til 3pm and will be ac­com­pa­nied by guide dog pup­pies who are cur­rently in train­ing, or fully trained dogs with their own­ers.

Chris Col­lier, group co­or­di­na­tor ex­plained: “Our lo­cal fundrais­ing group are on the look­out for new mem­bers to join our group for so­cial and fundrais­ing events across West Loth­ian.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to make new friends, join­ing new and es­tab­lished mem­bers. We have been in­spired by guide dog owner mem­bers, and those who are vis­ually im­paired.

“With each guide dog cost­ing just over £ 56,000 from birth through to re­tire­ment, the money raised through our ac­tiv­i­ties is es­sen­tial in help­ing our vis­ually im­paired com­mu­nity with a life chang­ing part­ner­ship with one of our guide dogs.”

Group mem­ber Bob ex­plained how be­com­ing a guide dog owner has changed his life.

He said: “Vis­ual im­pair­ment af­fects your life in so many ways. The loss of con­fi­dence and abil­ity to be in­de­pen­dent was huge.

“The op­por­tu­nity to be­come a guide dog owner would al­low me and oth­ers in the same sit­u­a­tion to take back con­trol and change our lives.

“There are many other peo­ple like me who are wait­ing for a guide dog, and we know the fund rais­ing work car­ried out on be­half of Guide Dogs will give us the op­por­tu­nity to live ful­fill­ing lives.

“Wait­ing on the call to say I have been matched with a guide dog, is like wait­ing on Christ­mas com­ing. I know this will be the best present and change my life for­ever.”

The Con­sise Group meet for cof­fee and chat at The Paraf­fin Lamp the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month. There is a broad spec­trum of mem­bers - in­clud­ing Guide dog own­ers, puppy walk­ers and fundrais­ers.

If you are in­ter­ested in com­ing along or have any ques­tions then please con­tact Anne Rowse (Fund Rais­ing De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer) on 0345 1430203.

Fundrais­ing Vol­un­teers will be col­lect­ing for Guide Dogs later this month

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