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Guide Dogs fundraising success in the North East

Colleagues from Leeds Building Society’s branches in the North East raised £1,750 this year for the Guide Dogs charity.

Society colleagues in the region pledged the results of all their fundraising activity during 2015 to help the charity, and tackled a variety of challenges to bring in the cash.

The fundraising got underway in the spring, with colleagues from the mutual’s Wallsend and Morpeth branches manning a stall during the Blyth Battery Second World War re-enactment weekend at Blyth beach.


The Society’s North East branches sold Guide Dogs pin badges throughout the year.


Other fundraising initiatives which took place during 2015 included raffles, cake sales and coffee mornings.

The culmination of National Guide Dogs Week in October saw the Wallsend branch team hold a fundraising night at the Prince of Wales pub in Blyth.

Pippa Turner, from Guide Dogs in the North East said: “We are absolutely delighted that our local Leeds Building Society branches chose to support Guide Dogs this year.

“It costs us almost £50,000 to support each guide dog partnership and Guide Dogs don’t receive any Government funding for the service.  

“Without the generosity of the local public and business community we wouldn’t be able to provide our life-changing mobility services to people in the North East suffering from sight loss.”


Notes to Editors

Guide Dogs promises to supply every guide dog owner with a dog for as long as they need one. Some people may need eight dogs in their lifetime.

For more information on Guide Dogs please contact the charity’s Newcastle office on 0845 372  7423.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.7bn (as at 30th June 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.