Letters, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Your help is invaluable

Once again we at Sunderland British Heart Foundation are saying a very big thank you to all the folk in this most generous of cities.

 Last year you helped us raise more than £17,000, thanks to customers and staff at Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, Louis, Avenue Pharmacy and Dixon’s Pharmacy, also to Sunderland Royal Hospital for allowing us to hold a public awareness events.

 Our gratitude also goes to everybody who took part in Wear it Beat It in February and to those who have held fundraising activities, and those planning to hold one for British Heart Foundation.

 The following amounts have been raised at collections so far: Asda Sunderland February £396.42 and May £284.46, Asda Ryhope £302.14, Sainsbury’s Silksworth £468 and Tesco Herrington £195.86.

 This coming year will see the Sunderland branch celebrate its 40th anniversary of fundraising and in that time great advances have been made into research, including treatment, equipment and education. So your support in helping us raise this fantastic amount is paramount.

 We are a very small band of volunteers and for us to carry on with our fundraising activities we are in desperate need of new helpers. If you have some time to spare, please contact me at mickroper1950@hotmail.co.uk your help would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Roper,

branch secretary

Support is life changing

Guide Dogs provide life changing services to people with sight loss across the North East and Cumbria but this would not be possible without our army of dedicated volunteers.

 Volunteers raise funds, support our My Guide sighted guide service, socialise puppies, board and walk dogs, support our admin – the list goes on.

 In Volunteers Week, I’d like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers for their time, skills and dedication and for helping us to provide people who are blind and partially sighted live the life they want to and deserve to. 

 People like local lady Louise who went from barely leaving the house to completing a college course and running a successful fundraising group thanks to her partnership with Guide dog Ursula.

 We’d love to welcome more of you to our friendly team in the North East so to find out how you could do something that will help us to support more people like Louise while building new skills and discovering new friendships, call 08453727423 or email Newcastle@guidedogs.org.uk

 You can also find out more about Guide Dogs by tuning into ITV on Tuesday, June 9, at 8pm to seea programme entited, Me and My Guide Dog.

 Claire Devine,

Volunteering Consultant North East and Cumbria

Volunteer Support

–The North