More than £1,000 raised to help train guide dogs

Guide dogs help more than 4,500 people in the UK. Picture: Ian Burt

Guide dogs help more than 4,500 people in the UK. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

More than £1,000 has been raised to help puppies be trained to be guide dogs.

Norwich's guide dogs for the Blindhas raised more than £1,000. Picture: Archant

Norwich's guide dogs for the Blindhas raised more than £1,000. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Norwich branch, held a collection in the city centre at the end of September.

The charity was able to raise £1,367.89 which will be used to help people who are visually impaired receive mobility aids and guide dogs.

Co-ordinator Linda Hunt said: 'Thank you to all who contributed towards such an excellent total.

'Also to the Charing Cross Centre for allowing us to use the centre as a flag day base for this collection.'

In 2016, it cost the national charity £48.9 million to run the guide dog service. From birth to retirement it costs Guide Dogs £56,800 to support a dog.

There are more than 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK.

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The charity also offers support to children and young people with sight loss and workshops about how a guide dog and change someone's life.