Foresters Friendly Society announces support for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Money to be raised for the President's Appeal

Foresters Friendly Society, the Southampton-based member-owned society which offers a range of financial products, has announced that it will support The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association for the next twelve months as part of its President's Appeal.

The charity was chosen by the newly-elected Foresters Friendly Society President Richard Darlington from Willesborough. The President's Appeal focuses the fund raising efforts of the Society's 70,000 members throughout the UK to one chosen charity.

Richard, who lives with wife Doreen, says: "Doreen and I have been actively supporting Guide Dogs since the early 1990s and we have personally sponsored 18 dogs over the years. Three years ago, our local Foresters Friendly Society branch raised £5,000 to have a puppy named Forester.

"Doreen and I originally started to support Guide Dogs because my wife wanted to support an animal charity, and I wanted to support a charity which helped people, so Guide Dogs seemed like the perfect combination!"

"Guide Dogs does such wonderful work, we hope we can do really well for them during my year as President."

The Society has also announced that is has donated nearly £70,000 to Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the 2010/2011 Appeal. Members of the Society raised £48,927 through a series of fundraising events throughout the UK and a further £20,878 has been donated from the Society's Lifeboat fund. Previous appeals have donated funds to the MS Society, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and the CLIC Sargent.