Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Occupiers at Green Park, Reading, have raised funds for Guide Dogs for The Blind Association whilst enjoying the chance to meet some playful puppies and a working Guide Dog. Nine dogs and their handlers visited Green Park on Friday 10 March, 2017, including seven puppies aged from five to 11 months who are beginning the important process of socialising and training.
Staff of businesses located at Green Park were invited to book a 15-minute slot in return for a £5 donation and in total raised £240 on the day. They got the chance to meet the puppies, a working dog and a retired breeding dog.
Nicole Coulson, Lifestyle Manager at Green Park commented: “We would like to thank Guide 
Dogs for The Blind Association for bringing their dogs to Green Park. It is a busy environment so I hope it has helped with their training, especially meeting so many different people, an important part of their future job.”
“And who doesn’t love the chance to meet a playful puppy? For our occupiers it was a great opportunity to take a break from their busy working day and to make a fuss of the dogs.”
The occupiers also got the chance to gain a better understanding of what it feels like to be visually impaired by wearing glasses with distorted vision whilst carrying out everyday tasks such as walking around, navigating obstacles or pouring a glass of water.
Nicole continues: “The fact that simple everyday tasks for visually impaired individuals can be so difficult, means that the vital role these dogs will one day make to them is so important. We are delighted to have played a small role in their training and look forward to meeting future puppies that the Association trains. Perhaps one day we will get to meet the dogs with their new owners.”

Photos from the event can be found on the Green Park Facebook page.