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Coventry Godiva Guide Dogs given funding by recycling residents

Published Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Coventry Godiva Guide Dogs is the latest city cause to benefit from residents' recycling.

Frank and guide dog Rick
Frank and guide dog Rick

The group was given over £600 by Coventry Recycling Club through points donated by its members.

Godiva Guide Dogs was one of three latest local good causes the government-funded Recycling Club was supporting that were allocated the most points by club members.

Coventry Branch Co-ordinator, Frank Lynn, was extremely happy that they were allocated most of the funding by Recycling Club members.

He said: "This is great news - I didn't realise we were so popular. All money raised locally is allocated back to the Coventry Mobility Team based in Leamington, however this donation will be used for a special project. As part of the Godiva Puppy Appeal we are running, we are going to name our next sponsored puppy 'Jimmy' after the legend that was Jimmy Hill, and this will kick start the name a puppy fund for 'Jimmy'.  'Jimmy' will be placed with a puppy walker locally, and in time, potentially form a guide dog partnership in the area as well, which will reduce the current waiting list for guide dogs in Coventry.

"Guide Dogs are totally funded by voluntary donations, and receive no Government or Lottery funding. There are currently 180,00 blind or partially sighted people in the UK who rarely leave home alone and every hour another person goes blind. Guide dogs transform the lives of people with sight loss, giving them the freedom and independence they deserve."

Other groups to benefit from funding through the Recycling Club this time were Motorvate UK and 27th City of Coventry Brownies. All groups were the Recycling Club’s selected ‘good causes’ which members could choose to donate their points to that they have gained through recycling in their area. The cause with the most points donated by members, gets the most cash.

If you belong to a community group or local charity that could benefit from funding, apply and become a member of the Coventry Recycling Club - www.coventry.gov.uk/recyclingclub
 

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