Felixstowe/Ipswich: Appeal for fourth guide dog hits target

You’ve done it!

Thanks your generosity, The Evening Star’s appeal to buy a fourth guide dog has today reached its target.

Now the aim is to go one step further and have a handful of guide dogs – and to raise enough money for number five.

The �7,500 target was reached and succeeded thanks to a wonderful �1,000 donation from retired fundraising advisor Bob Lyons.

Puppy walker Penny Parker, who looks after each of The Star’s guide dogs during their first year of basic training, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant – I am so thrilled.

“Four guide dogs is a wonderful achievement and the work they will do to help a blind or visually-impaired person will be tremendous and really help that person to live an independent life.

“The support we have had from the public has been fantastic and we cannot thank them enough.”

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Mr Lyons, of St Andrews Road, Felixstowe, said: “To be blind must be a terrible thing.

“I cannot think of anything worse than losing your sight – I cannot imagine what it would be like. To be able to train these guide dogs to give a person hope, and get them around is a wonderful thing.”

His gift and donations from businesses, individuals, organisations, and fundraising efforts from many, many people have helped the The Evening Star Guide Dog TwentyEleven appeal reach its target in less than a year.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “We are delighted to be able to provide a fourth guide dog puppy and thank all our readers for their wonderful support in what are still very difficult economic times.

“It shows people still have a real heart for charity and giving where it matters. The work the Guide Dogs charity does is exceptional and makes a real difference in the lives of blind and visually-impaired people.”

First pup Star now works as a brood bitch providing more guide dog puppies, while Faith is a trained guide dog assigned to a woman with sight problems in London, and Sterling completes his year of basic training next month.

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