Star's day out at the movies

FILM-goers raised nearly �700 at the weekend to boost the Evening Star appeal to pay for the training of a guide dog puppy.

FILM-goers raised nearly �700 at the weekend to boost the Evening Star appeal to pay for the training of a guide dog puppy.

Members of the Guide Dogs for the Blind's East and Mid Suffolk fundraising group were invited to spend two days raising money at the Cineworld complex at Cardinal Park in Ipswich to coincide with preview showings of the new Disney movie Bolt.

A number of guide dogs - working dogs, retired ones plus trainee guide dog Star, for which the appeal is paying for her training - were at the cinema to meet film-goers. The team held a collection, ran a tombola and a stall selling gifts and other items.

Penny Parker, Star's puppy walker for the first year of her training, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and we raised nearly �700.


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“We want to thank everyone who came along and contributed for being so generous.”

The cinema has invited the team back over half-term for another special fundraising event.

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So far the Star is Born appeal has raised about �17,000, paying for not just Star but also a second dog, which will be born this year.

To donate to the appeal, please send cheques - made payable to the Guide Dogs - to Richard Cornwell, Evening Star, 172 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DU.

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