Fun galore at Guide Dogs’ summer fair

Volunteers, staff and visitors threw themselves in to fundraising at a summer fair on Saturday organised by Guide Dogs.

The training school at the Orchardbank Business Park in Forfar laid on a full afternoon programme of events, which was enjoyed by all ages.

Guide dogs Buddy (left) and Rebel with the collection Box.

Guide dogs Buddy (left) and Rebel with the collection Box.

A new attraction this year was a 100 foot inflatable team assault course.

The winning teams were as follows:- 1, McDevces with a time of 2.17 (team members Hayley Dalyby, Jenny Devine, Scott Francis, Lee McConnachie); 2, Aberdeen Airport Fire Service time of 2.22 (team members Adam Gordon, Keith Jackson, Craig Anderson, Scott Roy); 3, The A Team time of 2.27 (team members Megan Bruce, Cerys Paterson, Sophie McWilliam and Ben Davie).

The organisers were delighted with the success of the open afternoon which raised £2526.58 for the charity.

For four hours visitors were given an insight into the unique work of Guide Dogs with demonstrations by trainers and the dogs. There were tours of the state-of-the art kennels whilst outside there was a variety of events from a bouncy castle and sumo suits, to face painting and a mini zoo provided by Party Animal Perth. The guide dog service receives no government funding and depends entirely upon public support. The lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £50,000.