LINDSEY MOORE has already raised thousands of pounds in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – and now she is hoping to go even further with her fundraising efforts in memory of her beloved guide dog who recently passed away.
A professional singer from Gomersal, 48-year-old Lindsey was diagnosed with a sight condition known as retinitis pigmentosa around 20 years ago.
Since then she has lost 70 per cent of her sight but she’s continued to be extremely active, largely down to the help of her guide dog Charlotte.
Sadly after a short battle with lymphoma, golden retriever Charlotte died last month at the age of eight.
Charlotte was a part of Lindsey and husband Craig’s life for just short of six years, but now they face a potentially long wait to find out whether they will be allocated another guide dog.
And that’s down to a shortage of ‘puppy walkers’ in their local area. Guide dogs need volunteers – puppy walkers – to train them in their early years, but Lindsey and Craig could be waiting up to two years if there are no dogs available.
In the meantime Lindsey, who was born and raised in Morley, says she will continue with her fundraising work to donate as much as she can to the Guide Dogs charity in Charlotte’s memory.
Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. Of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their homes alone.
She said: “It’s hard because we’ve lost our best friend. It’s not just impacted me, the hardest thing for me is to get up and out every day and do the things I do.
“If I don’t do those things I’m not being true to how Charlotte changed my life.
“It’s impacted on my husband because he used to come out with me – when Charlotte wasn’t working she was our pet dog.
“And that’s really hard because the walks we used to do together, the times when she used to be playing and just a dog he’s missing that.
“We’re missing her as a family member. She was so much more than my eyes, she was just me.”
Lindsey has several fundraising events coming up – including a performance at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms, next to Dewsbury Railway Station, on Tuesday February 25 (8pm onwards).
Then on Thursday May 7, there’ll be live entertainment and a buffet at the Bull’s Head in Gomersal (£10 a ticket), and on Saturday July 4 there is a fashion show at Howden Clough Community Centre (1.30pm start, £5 entry).
All the money raised will go towards helping Lindsey ‘Name a Puppy’ for the Guide Dogs charity. It costs £2,500 to give a new guide dog puppy a name – and she wants to be able to call one Charlotte in memory of her much-missed dog.
Anybody wanting to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nameapuppy charlotte.
• Read more about Lindsey’s story and her work with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in next week’s edition.