Guide dogs cash raised

Lara Mant, Margaret Calvert and Pauline Mordue from Leeds Building Society branches at Blyth Battery Second World War re-enactment weekend.
Lara Mant, Margaret Calvert and Pauline Mordue from Leeds Building Society branches at Blyth Battery Second World War re-enactment weekend.

Staff from a building society’s branches in the north east raised £1,750 this year for the Guide Dogs charity.

Leeds Building Society staff pledged the results of all their fundraising activity during 2015 to help the charity, and tackled a variety of challenges to bring in the cash.

The fundraising got underway in the spring, with colleagues from the Wallsend and Morpeth branches manning a stall during the Blyth Battery Second World War re-enactment weekend at Blyth beach.

The culmination saw the Wallsend branch team hold a fundraising night at the Prince of Wales pub in Blyth.

Pippa Turner, from the charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Leeds Building Society branches chose to support Guide Dogs this year.

“It costs us almost £50,000 to support each guide dog partnership and Guide Dogs don’t receive any Government funding for the service.

“Without the generosity of the local public and business community we wouldn’t be able to provide our life-changing mobility services to people in the north east suffering from sight loss.”