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Huddersfield firm helps to fund ten guide dogs in training

One year after launching its donate a “Pound for a Puppy” fundraising drive, Huddersfield-based Metro eco has helped fund ten guide dogs for the blind.

Every customer using the services of Metro eco, which works in the plumbing, heating and electrical trades, is asked if they would donate £1 to the cause, added on to their invoice. The company matches every customer donation pound for pound.

Almost £600 has now been donated to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, helping to fund the training and upkeep of ten Golden Retriever, Labrador and German Shepherd puppies.

Launched in 1931, Guide Dogs for the Blind is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. Every day 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight and thanks to the charity’s dedicated staff and volunteers and the funds donated, it has helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence.

The Metro eco team gets regular updates on the ten dogs – named Molly, Charlie, Milo, Eve, Spirit, Bella, Fletcher, Skye, Monty, and Cookie – which it shares with customers via Facebook, and they’re even planning a special Christmas calendar featuring the pups.

David Shaw of Metro eco said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, they’re a wonderful charity. Our customers have been very generous, so we were only too happy to match that support ourselves and we’re already well on the way to being able to help fund our next puppy in training. We’re in the process of planning an event for next year, which we’re very excited about! It’s in the early stages but we look forward to sharing more details in due course.”

Charlotte Walton, the charity’s Community Fundraising Development Officer for West Yorkshire, said: “Without the support from companies like Metro eco Guide Dogs simply couldn’t continue its vital work. The lifetime cost of each working dog is around £57,000 and we rely almost entirely on fundraising and donations from generous supporters. We are hugely grateful to everyone at Metro eco for their support.”

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