Argyle Legends Football Club with Legend
Submitted by guide dogs
Argyle Legends Football Club in Plymouth, Devon has raised Â£ 10,000 for the Guide Dogs charity.
The team named a future guide dog puppy, Legend, who will live with a volunteer puppy breeder for the first year of his life to learn basic obedience skills.
The Golden Retriever will then go to guide dog school to continue training and be paired with a visually impaired person.
The Argyle Legends will receive updates on the puppy’s progress on their path to becoming a full guide dog.
The Legends began raising funds at a charity ball in Boringdon Park in November 2019 which raised more than Â£ 4,500.
Bucket collections and donations also contributed to the total before the pandemic struck in March 2020.
Paul Hart, secretary of the Argyle Legends, said, âWe made a plan this year to make up the rest of the target. We have sent an email to the players in our association explaining how far they have come and asking for a donation of Â£ 10. The response has been overwhelming.
âIn a matter of weeks we have raised an additional Â£ 3,670 and surpassed the goal of Â£ 10,000 to name the puppy. We hope Legend and his owner can visit Home Park in the future.â
Pam Gratton, Community Fundraising Manager at Guide Dogs, said, âWe are absolutely delighted that the Legends have chosen to raise this money for Guide Dogs and name a puppy in honor of the association.
âGuide dogs depend on donations and only with the support of local communities can we continue our life changing work.
“We hope our Name a Puppy project has shown how this generous support helps us make a difference for people with sight loss.”
More than 35,000 people live with sight loss in Devon. Although not all of these people are recorded as blind, their sight loss is significant enough to impact their daily lives.
To donate to Guide Dogs, go here or call 0800 781 1444.
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