Guide Dog Polly Visits Angel

POSTED 07/03/2016 - By BW

Guide Dogs is one of the national charities that we proudly fundraise on behalf of and having the opportunity to have first hand connections with ambassadors for our charity clients is very important for our fundraising teams. It gives them the opportunity to hear first hand the real difference they make every day in the job they do and why the fundraising they do on behalf of Guide Dogs is so important. 

On Thursday we were very lucky to host a visit to our Par site from a very incredible lady Sue Harold and her Guide Dog Polly.

Dogs may be a man's best friend but for those without sight, a guide dog is a treasured lifeline. Sue who was registered blind in 1999, and her nine-year-old golden Labrador retriever Polly are inseparable. Sue has had three guide dogs since she was registered blind and despite all three having completely different personalities, they all shared the key qualities required for a dependable guide dog.

"I was born with bad eyes," Sue tells the team "I had my first pair of glasses when I was a very young child and my first operation when I was four, my eyesight got worse as I got older and I hid it for a very long time. I didn't want anybody to know."

Sue recalls the day she was told she was blind, she told us: "It was one of the most difficult days of my life. Somebody had said you can't see and I couldn't go on pretending, I went home and I sat down and cried and cried. I just sat there and wouldn't get upĒ
With help from a local support group where she lives Sue explained how slowly she began to adjust to life without her sight and the following year she was given her first guide dog, which transformed her life.

"It was wonderful when they said I could have my first guide dog I nearly collapsed to the floor, I had my independence back, I could go out walking on my own, I could go into town on the bus with my dog.

Not only did the Sue bring to life her own story during the session the fundraisers also experienced through the use of vision altering glasses, some of the challenges that individuals with sight problems face every day. This understanding of the challenges of daily life help and inspire the team in the fundraising that they do.

We canít thank Sue and Polly enough for taking the time to visit us, they are both an inspiration!