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Dog themed day at Wyre concludes charity appeal

Bring your dog to work day Published Monday, 19 December 2016

Wyre Council has helped to bring a Guide Dogs for the Blind appeal to a close with a day of dog themed fundraising activities.

Staff brought their dogs to work with them today, microchipping was on offer at the Civic Centre in Poulton and there was a dog-friendly, ranger-led health walk at lunchtime. 

In October last year, the Blackpool and Fylde Branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity launched an appeal to fund a puppy named ‘Wyre’ at the Civic Centre. 

The charity was aiming to raise £5,000, the cost to raise a guide dog puppy in its first year. Just over twelve months on, and after raising £4,750, they asked Wyre Council to help raise the final £250.

Garry Payne, Chief Executive at Wyre Council, brought one of his three working dogs, Jess, a cocker spaniel, to the office with him. He said: "I'm delighted to support this local appeal and help Guide Dogs for the Blind reach their target.

"I'm very pleased that so many staff have got behind the campaign and helped to raise money. The health benefits that dogs can bring are well know; they can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness and help improve your cardiovascular health. We have a very happy workforce today!"

Planning officer Lucy Lowcock became 'phodographer' for the day and for those without a dog, 'dog therapy' was provided by Guide Dogs for the Blind and their special guide dogs and puppies.  

Steve Barber, volunteer at Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: "I'm delighted that we are reaching our target in just over a year. It's been a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank everyone in the Wyre community who has helped to raise money."

Members of the public also supported the appeal by joining the health walk in Poulton and getting their dogs microchipped during the day.
To donate to the Wyre community guide dog puppy appeal visit

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