Guide Dogs for the Blind visits Castle Quay

Dave Sharman with Darwin NNL-150514-172945001
Dave Sharman with Darwin NNL-150514-172945001

A sea of happy fur came to Castle Quay Shopping Centre last week as Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteers talked to shoppers about their work.

As part of the ‘awareness event’ the public had the chance to meet several working guide dogs and their owners while learning more about the process of breeding, selecting and training the canine companions.

Rachel Nafzger with her guide dog Nikita. NNL-150514-172911001

Rachel Nafzger with her guide dog Nikita. NNL-150514-172911001

Harriet Smith, 25, of Moreton Pinkney, is hoping to take on her first guide dog in the coming year. She said: “I think a guide dog will help increase my independence and build my confidence.”

There are more than 4,700 blind or partially sighted people across the United Kingdom who rely on guide dogs .

Felicity Stratton, Community Fundraiser at Banbury Guide Dogs, said: “We have been really, really pleased with the number of people who have come in to talk to us and we have enjoyed meeting the lovely people of Banbury.

Volunteer and guide dog owner Penny Hefferan, added: “We want to thank Castle Quay as this has been a brilliant place to hold this awareness day.”

People interested in volunteering can call 07881269586.