Guide Dogs charity day raises £2,400

A day of activities and demonstrations on Reeth village green raised more than £2,400 for the Guide Dogs charity.

Volunteers ran numerous fundraising stalls, while the more unusual attractions included a Sensory Tunnel where visitors could experience the world from the point of view of someone with sight loss.

There were demonstrations of training and working methods by a former guide dog, puppies in training and the Guide Dogs’ fundraising mascot Hero, who made an appearance with help from volunteers including members of the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Scout Group, who also provided a wheel washing service for visitors.

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Organiser Christine McKay said: “It was a huge success thanks to all who helped, gave, supported or simply got involved with promoting the day on social media.

“Who would have thought selling cakes and tombola tickets, painting faces and shaking buckets would raise over £2,400”

The event was also an opportunity for members of the public to talk with Guide Dogs representatives and gain an understanding of the organization and their work.

Christine added: “Oh, and of course, to enjoy the company of the amazing puppies and working dogs that change people’s lives.

“The whole day proved very popular and the  crowd generated a fantastic atmosphere.

“This was the first event of its kind in Reeth but hopefully not the last.”

If anyone who missed the event would still like to contribute, donations can be made at www.justgiving/Fundraising/christine-mckay2