TEN-PIN bowling took on a twist for fund-raisers.
Teams of bowlers took part in a charity event at the AMF Bowling Alley at Washington Galleries in a bid to raise money for North East Guide Dogs.
To make it fair for everyone, fully-sighted players wore specialised vision-reduction glasses when they took on teams of people who included blind and partially-sighted players.
The evening was one of the numerous fund-raising activities being held across the region to celebrate the 80th anniversary of North East Guide Dogs.
David Waterfall-Brown, a spokesman for the charity, said the idea was that each team had four members who all raised £20 each, making it £80 to mark the 80th anniversary.
Other events to celebrate the anniversary in Sunderland have included the children at St Cuthbert’s RC School in Grindon Lane raising money through a non-uniform day. A face-painter gave up her time on the day to paint the faces of 97 children and seven staff members as guide dogs for £1 each.
The charity has also held event nights in pubs in the city where pool players have to try potting as many balls as they can wearing the simulated spectacles.
David said: “The events with the simulated specs always have an element of fun and it is a good way to raise money and awareness about the charity.
“But, I always say to people who have taken part that at the end they can take the glasses off and see properly again, but a blind or partially-sighted person cannot do that.”
Guide Dogs aims to make sure blind and partially-sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
It also aims to deliver a world- class guide dog service and to work to break down barriers to ensure blind and partially-sighted people can get out and about on their own terms.
Visit www.guidedogs.org.uk to make a donation to the charity, or find out more about its work.