The liberating work of guide dogs is to be celebrated in a fundraising week in the city.
From Saturday to October 9 there will be a chance to meet guide dogs, pups and volunteers in pop up shops and to take part in a static cycle ride to drum up funds for the charity.
The ‘bike ride’ will take place in front of the Arndale Centre in Headingley on Wednesday from 8.45am to 6pm.
The theme this year is ‘Move it for Money,’ and local councillors Jonathan Pryor and Al Garthwaite (Labour, Headingley Ward) will be attempting to do just that when they join the Guide Dogs Cycle Challenge.
Charlotte Walton, community fundraising development officer for Guide Dogs, said: “We are aiming to cycle 176km which represents the current number of working guide dogs in West and North Yorkshire. As well as the local councillors, we have guide dog owners, volunteers and our staff taking part. Everyone will try to complete a 20 to 30 minute stint to help us reach our target. We’d love if it people in the area dropped in to cycle or to cheer on the cyclists.”
Next Thursday sees the first pop up shop spring up in the Corn Exchange. Guide Dogs and pups will be there as will volunteers to answer questions. Merchandise will also be on sale.
The second pop up shop will be in The Trinity Centre customer service lounge on Saturday, October 8.
All the money raised will go straight towards training more life-changing dogs. Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. Guide Dogs is there to make sure people don’t lose their freedom as well. Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. By 2050, there could be nearly four million.
You can support the cycling challenge in Headingley by donating via www.justgiving.com/guidedogsweek2016.