Broadway shoppers raise £15,000 to help train guide dogs
PUBLISHED: 16:08 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 01 April 2016
The shopping centre makes an ideal training ground for the animals
Customers at Broadway Shopping Centre have raised £15,000 for a guide dogs charity over the past 20 years.
The money has been raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind through regular collection boxes with visiting dogs and a three-day annual sale of Christmas cards and merchandise by the charity.
Broadway is also used as a training ground for guide dogs, as it is an ideal place to help them to get used the hustle and bustle of busy environments.
A recent graduate, Labrador/Retriever cross Lamps, visited the mall with puppy walker Myriam Steadman to thank shoppers for their generosity.
Ms Steadman said: “My role is to teach them basic obedience and to take them out to as many different environments as possible.
“They need to be able to walk to heel and behave no matter what happens and where they are, so we go to busy shopping centres like the Broadway quite a lot.
“We try to make sure they are comfortable in any situation.”
Broadway Shopping Centre general manager Peter Sedge said: “Our customers have always been supportive of our efforts for the Guide Dogs for the Blind and their generosity shows every time we have the charity here.
“We all love seeing the dogs in the centre when they visit and we’re happy to help when it comes to being a venue for puppy walkers to visit.”