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Spalding town centre allows access all areas for Guide Dogs




Volunteers have been helping to raise awareness of the importance of allowing guide dogs into public places.

Thelma Warren has found that the vast majority of businesses in Spalding town centre were ahead of the national average by allowing assistance dogs into their stores.

Mrs Warren had been raising awareness of the Guide Dogs Access All Areas campaign by delivering leaflets to firms in town with Peter Adman and his dog Junior along with Dennis Pearson and his dog Ozzie.

Pictured are:Thelma Warren, Peter Admans with Junior, Anthony Casson, Ian Sheehan, Dennis Pearson with Ozzie and John Hayes.
Pictured are:Thelma Warren, Peter Admans with Junior, Anthony Casson, Ian Sheehan, Dennis Pearson with Ozzie and John Hayes.

Anthony Casson and Sir John Hayes were also part of the effort earlier this month.

Mrs Warren said: "I did not have one negative response from Spalding businesses.

"The response was much better than the rest of the country.

"I would say pretty much 100 per cent of businesses in Spalding allow guide dogs in."

Guide Dogs launched its national Access All Areas campaign in 2015 .

This was launched after a survey found that 75 per cent of assistance guide dog owners surveyed were refused access to a restaurant, shop or taxi.

The charity found in a one-year period, 42% of assistance dog owners were refused entry to a taxi or minicab because of their dog.



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