Cute dogs and sunny smiles at Woodford Green’s 80th guide dog birthday party
There was lots of tail wagging, barking and stroking on Saturday as the Redbridge Guide Dog Training School opened its doors to the public.
Excited children were greeted by Labrador and German Shepherd puppies on arrival at the centre in Manor Road, Woodford Green.
The fun-packed day saw staff give talks on the independence guide dogs provide to the blind and partially-sighted and activities were arranged to demonstrate this.
People donned blindfolds and attempted to navigate themselves round an obstacle course using a cane and afterwards they took part in walks round the centre led by an instructor who simulated a dog.
Regional development fundraiser Heather Bradley said: “Everyone had a great time and really got into the spirit of the day.
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“It was very busy with nearly 2,000 people coming and we ran out of Pimms and burgers so that is a good sign.
“There were lots of gorgeous puppies about and they all enjoyed playing in the paddling pools we put out.”
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The money raised is still being counted but Ms Bradley said the total will exceed �10,000.
The event marked the 80th anniversary of charity The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.