Guide Dogs bring freedom and independence and change the lives of their blind and partially sighted owners.
It costs just short of £50,000 to breed, train and support a Guide Dog throughout it’s full working life, and so the work of the volunteer fundraisers is vital for the charity. The more money which they can raise, the more dogs can be placed with new owners.
The Blackpool and Fylde Fundraising Branch of Guide Dogs are asking the Wyre community to raise enough money in the coming months to give the name ‘Wyre’ to a guide dog puppy.
A Puppy Named Wyre
This gorgeous little chap is the new community Guide Dog puppy named Wyre, he was born on December 18th.
He is now being puppy walked in the North West.
Fundraising at Freeport Fleetwood
Freeport Fleetwood kindly allowed us to fundraise for our Community Name a Guide Dog Puppy in October 2016.
We held a tombola and had collection buckets.
The Total raised over the weekend was £1310.60.
We only need approx. £450.00 and we will have reached the £5000.00 needed to name a puppy Wyre. The support from everyone has been amazing.
M&Co Fashion Show for Name a Guide Dog Puppy
Pictured are some of the models at the M&CO fashion show. M&CO have raised £1145.00 by holding a Easter Egg tombola, a raffle and the Fashion Show.
MODELS ON ‘DOG WALK’ AT M&Co
M&Co, the fashion store on Victoria Road in Cleveleys is the latest supporter of the local Guide Dogs for the Blind appeal to the Wyre Community to raise enough money to name a puppy. The name chosen for this yet to be born puppy is, of course, “Wyre”.
Angela Baker Sales Manager at M&Co organised a fashion show at the store. All the staff volunteered to participate in modelling the latest fashions together with visually impaired Guide Dog supporters who strutted their stuff down the re-named ‘dog’ walk within the store.
An audience of around 50 dedicated followers of fashion paid to see the parade of about a dozen male, female and child models and a raffle was also held. Models and fashion trend-setters were then invited to try on and purchase the merchandise with the encouragement of a discount.
The result was a magnificent total of £1145.88 and Angela along with Julie Haynes Opperations Manager and Lizzie Thompson Visual Merchandiserpresented a cheque for that amount to Nicky Askew a Guide Dog owner and fundraiser. Nicky received the cheque on behalf of Steve Barber who is organising the Name a Puppy appeal on behalf of the Blackpool and Fylde Coast Fundraising Branch. That brings the total to just under £3000 towards the target of £5000.
The appeal itself was launched last October by Councillor Tom Balmain, the Mayor of Wyre Borough Council at the Civic Centre and the occasion was supported by the three Members of Parliament, whose constituencies embrace part of the Wyre Borough Council area.
We have also seen very welcome support and contributions from The Venue, Halifax Building Soc.(Cleveleys Branch)Tesco, Vets4Pets, Opal Design and from St Hilda’s C E School in Carleton. Discussions are in place with the Freeport shopping centre to hold a “Wyre” weekend later in the year to make further progress towards the target figure.
The local branch of Guide Dogs Fundraising are raising the money by approaching businesses, banks, community and other organisations in the Wyre area for support in raising enough money to name a Guide Dog puppy.
The organiser of this worthwhile and innovative approach to raising money for Guide Dogs is Steve Barber and a call to him on 01253 866872 will provide anyone interested in helping with further information.
Cleveleys Car Show, a good day was had by all, the fundraisers raised an amazing £861.00 for Guide Dogs
A big thank you to the management, staff and customers at The Venue, Cleveleys who raised £445.95 towards the Community Name a Guide Dog Puppy.
Jakki Slack, owner of The Venue Cleveleys, presenting the cheque towards the Community Name a Guide Dog Puppy
On Saturday 21st November at Victoria Road in Cleveleys, Barbara Barber and Jean Barber raised £325.00 by holding a tombola (seen below). The money raised will go towards the Community Name a Puppy.
On Friday December 18th the Halifax Building Society on Victoria Road in Cleveleys held a fundraiser for the Community Name a Puppy.
A community based initiative to name a Guide Dog puppy was launched on Friday, 9 October 2015 at the Civic Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde. The Blackpool and Fylde Fundraising Branch of Guide Dogs is asking the Wyre community to raise enough money in the coming months to give the name ‘Wyre’ to a guide dog puppy.
The Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Tom Balmain, welcomed the three Wyre Members of Parliament, Paul Maynard, Cat Smith and Ben Wallace, a dozen guide dogs and puppies with their owners and puppy walkers, representatives from Tesco and Vets 4 Pets in Cleveleys and other supporters.
The Mayor welcomed the guests, launched the initiative and invited the representatives of Tesco and Vets 4 Pets to present the first contributions to guide dog owner, John Roche and to puppy walker Viv Hopcroft respectively.
Paul Maynard MP thanked the organisers and said “we don’t have a room full of dogs here, we have a room full of lives changed for the better by the great work done by Guide Dogs for the blind and the loyal service of our four legged friends who are devoted to their charge.”
Organiser Steve Barber of the Blackpool and Fylde Fundraising Branch of Guide Dogs said “we need to raise at least £2,500 and I call upon the community in Wyre to help us achieve that through their own fundraising events. Donation can also be made on the JustGiving website and all contributions, large or small, will be acknowledged publicly”
Donate to Name a Puppy
For further information or support with projects, Steve Barber can be contacted:
- Through the Wyre Community Name a Puppy Facebook page
- By phoning 01253 866872.
Make your donation:
- On Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/wyrepuppy
- Text “GDOG76+amount” to 70070 – eg “GDOG76£3” to 70070
More about the Blackpool & Fylde Coast Fundraisers for Guide Dogs
The Fylde Coast Branch of Fundraising for Guide Dogs are all volunteers raising funds and awareness.
The volunteers are Guide Dog owners, Guide Dog Puppy walkers, boarders and people who want to help. Our fundraising may be store or street collections along the Fylde Coast and you might have seen us in places like ASDA, Wilkinsons or at Freeport.
We also have have a trading and awareness stand selling Guide Dogs merchandise and attend events such as Cleveleys Car show and Tram Sunday.
There are also volunteer speakers (trained by Guide Dogs) who speak about Guide Dogs and puppy walking at schools, brownies, senior citizens lunch meetings and other community functions.
Go Walkies 2013
For the last two years we have organised the ‘Go Walkies’ where people with their dogs walk through the lights from North Pier to South Pier, which is a great fun event, it makes Guide Dogs and our fundraising visible to lots of people, and it’s also a good opportunity to raise some money too.
We also support people who wish to raise money themselves. Last year we help a lady (above) who held a coffee morning, she raised £1300 for Guide Dogs and the fire brigade even popped in for a brew!
If anyone is interested in being a volunteer you can Jean Barber on 01253 866872.
Community Guide Dog Puppy named Wyre
Blackpool and Fylde fundraising to name a Guide Dog puppy
Raising money for the Community Name a Guide Dog Puppy at Cleveleys Car Show
This is Nicky Askew with her Guide Dog Tillie.
Nicky is a local fundraiser, and on Wednesday 9th December received an award at the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015.
Her Guide Dog Tillie received the award ‘Guide Dog of the Year – Beyond the Call of Duty.’
Tillie saved Nicky and her family (as they were in bed) by alerting them to a fire, before the alarm went off, that had started in their home.
Well done Tillie!