Pontypool RFC to support Guide Dogs Cymru

Thursday 05th September 2013

Pontypool RFC is delighted to introduce Guide Dogs Cymru as the ‘Official Charity of Pontypool RFC’ for the 2013/2014 season.

The forming of this relationship represents a further commitment from Pontypool RFC to support worthy causes that are dedicated to serving the needs of the wider community.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. Guide Dogs have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. In Wales alone that figure now stands at 16,253 people registered blind or partially sighted. There are currently 263 guide dog partnerships in Wales and a waiting list of 28 currently exists.

“We are thrilled to welcome Guide Dogs Cymru as our chosen charity for the 2013/2014 season,” said Pontypool RFC Corporate Director, Ben Jeffreys. “This relationship will enable the Pontypool RFC family to participate in some highly engaging and rewarding experiences whilst being in the knowledge that by doing so, one is directly contributing to sustaining the ambitions of Guide Dogs Cymru.”

Community Fundraiser for South Wales, Guide Dogs Cymru - Frank Greig, said: “I am particularly excited by the enthusiasm and passion expressed by Pontypool RFC toward supporting Guide Dogs Cymru during the 2013/2014 season. We look forward to engaging with club staff, players, supporters and the local community during the coming season. I am confident this will be a positive and fulfilling partnership for Guide Dogs Cymru, Pontypool RFC and the local community.”

Further details of the initiatives that Pontypool RFC and Guide Dogs Cymru are planning to launch will be announced prior to the first home fixture of the 2013/2014 season.

About Guide Dogs Cymru

Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. Guide Dogs also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research. We have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, and also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children - including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.

For more information, please visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/guide-dogs-cymru


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