Lower Precinct will be teaming up with Coventry Guide Dogs, which has been announced as the shopping centre’s new charity partner from June 2017. The new partnership, which will run for 12 months, will see the Guide Dogs join forces with Lower Precinct to showcase the work they do within the local community.

The Guide Dogs was founded in 1931 where the first training of four British guide dogs began in Wallasey, Merseyside. Since then, the charity has become the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs and boasts a tremendous amount of staff, volunteers and sponsors. The charity has aided over 29,000 people by offering the life-changing independence.

Lower Precinct, which is situated in Coventry City Centre, will now work alongside the charity until next spring. Commenting on the new partnership, centre manager Nicola Cormell, said:

“I know that I speak on behalf of all of us at Lower Precinct when I congratulate Coventry Guide Dogs and say that we cannot wait to work with them over the coming year. We will be working alongside the charity to draw up an extensive plan for promotion and fundraising, to make as much money as possible for this worthy cause.

“The hardworking team will be hosting their own events as well as adding to ours, and will regularly be seen in the centre. The work that the Guide Dogs charity does is incredibly worthwhile and we are delighted to be working with them. We will also launch a fundraising initiative to name our very own guide dog, which will be a fantastic legacy for this charity partnership.”

Liz Gilbert, community fundraiser for Coventry, Leamington Spa and Warwick, added:

“We are so proud to be Lower Precinct’s Charity Partner for 2017/18 and we are raring to get started! Every year the team contributes significantly to guide dog partnerships, with the team supporting 250 guide dog owner partnerships nationwide. We want to ensure that we can continue to provide a range of mobility services for adults and children. That is why this opportunity is so important to all of us and why we are so thankful for the public’s votes!

We are confident that with the help of Lower Precinct and its incredible customers, we can make this year better than ever. As well as awareness and fundraising, education will play a big part in what we do over the next year, including working with retailers to make the centre guide dog friendly.”

As one of Coventry’s top shopping destinations, Lower Precinct remains dedicated to giving back to the community, through its own events and retailer activity.

Over the coming months, details of how to meet Guide Dogs team and get involved in fundraising will be announced on the Lower Precinct website: www.lowerprecinct.com.

Tara Tomes