Mayor Welcomes Guide Dogs To Her Parlour

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Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, was delighted to welcome some four-legged friends into her parlour during a visit from Guide Dogs Cymru.

The Mayor has chosen to support the organisation, which trains and breeds guide dogs to help blind people across Wales, as one of her three chosen charities during her year in office.

Sarah Davies, from Guide Dogs Cymru, brought in trainee guide dogs, April and Bliss. Rhys Milsom, editor of young people’s website, wicid.tv, also visited.

Guide dogs April and Bliss are just over a year old and have about eight weeks more intensive training before they are matched with their prospective owners.

Rhys and the young people from wicid.tv are putting together a piece on the Mayor and her charity appeal and are hoping to get support for the charities from their many followers online. Forthcoming fundraising events which wicid members are going to be involved in include a Battle of the Bands competition and a charity abseil.

Along with Guide Dogs Cymru, Cllr Crimmings has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT) and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT) as her charities during her year of office.

Cllr Crimmings said: “It was a pleasure to meet Sarah, Rhys and the two guide dogs and find out more about the charity’s work and the support being offered by wicid.tv. Guide Dogs Cymru depends entirely upon public support, with the lifetime cost of a guide dog around £50,000.

“The charity also works with local authorities to provide mobility services for adults and children who are blind and partially sighted and campaigns for the rights of people who are blind and partially sighted to have the same freedom of movement as everyone else. It also undertakes a range of research work. I am hoping local people will support this very worthy cause, as well as my other chosen charities, throughout the coming months.”

Donations to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal can now be made through a new secure online service. Please visit the Mayor’s page if you would like to make a donation. Or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office in Pontypridd on 01443 494061.

If you would like to make a donation, or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office in Pontypridd on 01443 494061.

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