‘Overwhelmed’ Natwest staff launch partnership with guide dog charity for 2016 with a fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 March 2016

Exmouth Natwest held a fundraiser day for Guide Dogs. Branch manager, Blake Richmond, with Hayley Hunt, Nicola Price and Ellice Rawding-Guille and their charity hamper. Ref exe 11-16AW 1134. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Natwest held a fundraiser day for Guide Dogs. Branch manager, Blake Richmond, with Hayley Hunt, Nicola Price and Ellice Rawding-Guille and their charity hamper. Ref exe 11-16AW 1134. Picture: Alex Walton

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An Exmouth bank manager has admitted being ‘overwhelmed’ after hearing the difference a guide dog can make to a blind person, writes Daniel Wilkins.

Natwest, in Rolle Street, recently launched its partnership with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association with a fundraising event.

A hamper raffle held on the day raised more than £160 and there will be a number of events held at the branch over the next nine months to help support the charity.

Representatives of the charity spoke to staff about the work and funding that goes into providing blind people with guide dogs.

Branch manager Blake Richmond said: “We were amazed at the immense amount of work and cost involved to train a dog for the first two years – from birth to graduation is £32,400. However, listening to the difference a guide dog can make to a blind person’s life was overwhelming .

“We are determined to do what we can to help.”

Inspired by what they were told by puppy walkers and guide dog owners on the day, the Natwest branch has decided to make the cause its charity of the year.


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