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Guide Dog Volunteers Wedding Leads to £2000 Donation

08 Jan 2015

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Guide Dogs was delighted when longstanding volunteer and Bolton resident Harry Stringer donated £2000 to the charity which he and his wife Helen received as wedding gifts when tying the knot in November 2014.

Helen HarryHarry's involvement with Guide Dogs began in 1999 when he began puppy walking with his first puppy Glennie. He has since gone on to walk 12 puppies and now mentors less experienced puppy walkers using his wealth of experience to help them with the difficult task of raising a puppy. Harry's commitment does not stop there; he is also a tour guide, responsible for showing groups around the Guide Dog Training School in Atherton. When he is not busy with this he helps out with collections or with boarding other people's guide dogs.

Sadly, in 2004 Harry was widowed after his first wife lost her battle with cancer. Following this loss Harry continued to do his charity work for Guide Dogs and was determined not to be unhappy or spend his life alone.

Helen Harry 3 250In 2005 Harry was lucky enough to meet Helen, a council employee from Bury. The couple met online and had their first date on 11 November 2005. Therefore it was only natural that their wedding day would be on 11 November and in 2014 they enjoyed a wonderful wedding day.

Due to Harry's involvement with Guide Dogs, the couple decided to ask for donations instead of the traditional wedding presents. They were overjoyed to receive £2000 and hope this will increase to £2,500 over the coming weeks to give them the required amount to name a puppy.

Emma Allen-Taylor, Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs said "We really do have some amazing volunteers at Guide Dogs who give up so much of their time. Harry is a true inspiration. All of the work that he has done and will go on to do in the future will help to transform the lives of blind and partially sighted people".

To find out more about naming a puppy contact the Manchester Mobility Team on Tel: 0345 1430215 or email: Manchester@guidedogs.org.uk

Calls to our Mobility teams will cost 3 pence per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge.

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