Tarves guide dog owner supports fundraiser

Susanna with guide dog Ellie
Susanna with guide dog Ellie

A guide-dog owner in Tarves is calling on the North-east to support a prestigious ball taking place in Aberdeen next month.

Guide Dogs Scotland are gearing up to host a charity ball with proceeds from the event going towards helping the charity continue their vital work.

Susanna Bichard from Tarves, is affected by tunnel vision. She found tasks out of the home, such as walking to the shops difficult - but her life has been made much easier thanks to the services offered by the charity. Her third guide dog, 7-year-old Ellie - a black Labrador retriever cross has became a well known character in the village.

Susanna said: “I help with events in the community including the church and schools and everyone knows Ellie now. She helps with every aspect where I need to move around. People don’t realise the huge difference that guide dogs can make.”

Susanna started working with guide dogs around 20 years ago when she worked as the head of drama at Linksfield Academy.

She added: “I think I was the first teacher in Aberdeen to have a guide dog at school. I worked at the school with the dog until I finished teaching there.”

“I am retired now, but Ellie loves the train, so it has really made travelling easy for me, going to visit family and friends.

“I’d ask anyone who can to support the Aberdeen Ball. You’ll have a fantastic night out and be raising money for a great cause. And if you can’t, please think about volunteering for Guide Dogs Scotland.”

The Aberdeen Shades of Summer Ball will be held at the Marcliffe Hotel on Saturday, August 30 with a drinks reception at 7pm.

Tickets cost £100 per head and can be bought as tables of 10 or 12, or individually, from David Cobban by emailing dgc@mccueporter.com. Dress is formal and there will be an auction and raffle with prizes.