The Networking Hub at Basepoint Swindon on Wednesday 13 July, 12noon to 2pm will feature Alan Fletcher of Swindon Guide Dogs who will talkthe importance of the charity.
Alan’s talk is very much from the heart. Having lost his sight later on in life he is able to offer a very real picture of what its like to be blind.
Before the first guide dog Joy arrived, Alan was one of 180,000 visually impaired people in the United Kingdom unable to leave their house alone. He completely lost his confidence and independence and his wife Shirley had to take him everywhere.
After a month long training course at home Alan was told that he and Joy had qualified and they could now go out alone together.
Alan quickly learned to put his trust in Joy and she kept him safe wherever they went and a great bond grew between them as Joy gave Alan back mobility, freedom, confidence and independence. Sadly, at the age of eight and a half years Joy had to be put to sleep.
Joy guided Alan to talk to about 20,000 people over a five year period and was a great ambassador for Swindon Guide dogs as well as the national charity.
Alan now has a new guide dog called Nutmeg. Together they continue their work of not only raising funds to train the next generation of guide dogs but also highlighting the truly brilliant work that the guide dogs do.
The programme for the newworking event
12.30 Welcome – Lyn Chapman, Centre Manager
12.35 Talk – Alan Fletcher, Swindon Guide Dogs
13.00 Light Refreshment and Networking
13.30 Business Card Draw
To attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 608800.
Click for directions to Basepoint Swindon, Rivermead Drive, Westlea, SN5 7EX
• Within Basepoint parking is limited and restricted to permit holders only. There is ample free parking on the approach roads to the centre and visitors are asked to park vehicles along these roads.