Big fundraiser in memory of ‘Guide Dog Lady’

The late Mary Clark
The late Mary Clark

Mary Clark pictured at an event in 2014.

Mary Clark, who had been blind for nearly 30 years when she died in September, raised thousands of pounds for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Now, the Spalding volunteer branch is holding a fundraiser to have a guide dog named in her memory.

Their aim is to raise £2,500, which is a small fraction of what Mary raised from her stall at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, which she manned with her own guide dogs.

Mary was born with a hereditary eye condition and had six guide dogs in her life since 1987.

Spalding branch organiser Kate Alexander said: “Mary had this impact on people’s lives without even knowing it.

“Not only as “The Guide Dog Lady” at Pilgrim but also because she raised so much money in and around the area, which funded so many guide dog partnerships.”

The fundraiser will take place at Spalding Baptist Church in Swan Street, from 10am to 4pm.

There will be home-made cakes, a table top sale, children’s games and a chance to meet local guide dog owners and their dogs.

Kate added: “Come and join us on the day, have a cup of tea, try a cake, have a go at the raffle or bring the kids to play shove ha’penny.

“At the end of the day the fundraisers and I really just want everyone to have fun and help us raise money.”

If you’d like to make a donation but can’t attend please visit www.justgiving.com/NameapupinmemoryofMaryClark or donations can be sent to Kate Alexander, 31b Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1QD (cheques to be made payable to Guide Dogs).