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Scotmid and Guide Dogs are celebrating their paw-sitively perfect charity partnership, which has raised £295,000 to support people living with sight loss.

Scotmid colleagues, customers and members have taken the lead in fundraising for the community retailer’s barkingly brilliant charity companion. Funds have been raised through a range of activities, including in-store raffles, physical challenges, bingo nights, and community events.

The funds raised will make a significant difference by training two Guide Dog Mobility Specialists and three Habilitation Specialists, as well as setting a whole litter of puppies off on their journey to become future life-changers for people affected by sight loss in our community.

Mobility Specialists play a crucial role in partnering life-changing guide dogs with individuals facing sight loss. Such partnerships enhance general mobility, while also fostering confidence and independence. The result is expanded opportunities for social interaction, reduced isolation, and an improved ability to navigate the community.

Habilitation Specialists focus on empowering children and young people with vision impairments, equipping them with essential skills to lead independent and active lives. From fostering early physical development to enabling safe navigation of streets, preparation of meals, financial literacy, and technology usage, Habilitation Specialists provide comprehensive support.

John Brodie, Scotmid Chief Executive, said: “Guide Dogs works tirelessly in our communities to improve the lives of adults and children affected by vision impairments, as well as their families. We’re proud of everyone who got involved and helped raise a fantastic amount for such a worthwhile cause. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you.”