Sixteen members of Llandudno Rotary heard a talk on 3rd September from Mark and Natalie Jones about the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind – Cymru
Mark was speaking from the perspective of the organisation, whilst his wife Natalie spoke from the point of view of a user of the service – Natalie has been virtually blind since birth and her guide dog Sidney – who also attended – has been her lifeline
Mark told us that guide dogs were usually black Labradors (like Sidney), Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds or – more recently, Labradoodles
The lifetime cost of a guide dog, from birth to retirement, is around £55,000. This covers the breeding and the training for the first two years – from birth to graduation – as well as supporting the working partnership.
Natalie made the point that Sidney had transformed her life from one of largely isolation to a situation where she was able to have a full social life and is about to take up employment
Chris Drew moved the vote of thanks to Mark, Natalie and Sidney, on behalf of the Club
Mark Jones addressing members of Rotary Club with his wife Natalie and Natalies’ guide dog Sidney seated