HSBC Canterbury gives Guide Dogs an awesome christmas present!

HSBC Bank in Canterbury announced that Christmas had come early for Guide Dogs - a gift of £21,000

This very generous donation is all due to blind telephonist, Dave Sheen who worked at HSBC Canterbury.  Dave, a guide dog owner started the ball rolling in 1983 and the lottery continues to be supported by 110 people taking part, made up of retired, ex and current HSBC staff across East Kent.

A presentation of the cheque value £21,000 took place at HSBC Canterbury, 9 Rose Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JP on Friday 17th December.  

Guide dogs owners and HSBC staff holding up a cheque for twenty one thousand pounds

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