Willows, a state-of-the-art veterinary practice in Solihull, has donated £1,889 to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The practice has also donated funds to Petsavers and The Cinnamon Trust.

A state-of-the-art veterinary practice has donated an impressive charity cheque to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA).

L-R: Peter Renwick gives his practice's cheque to the GDBA's Kerry Hemmings and Carol Warner, pictured with AJ.Willows, a small animal practice in Solihull in the West Midlands, has donated £1,889 to the charity, a share of a £5,000 fund that has also seen donations go to Petsavers and The Cinnamon Trust.

Choosing the amounts donated to each charity was down to visitors to BSAVA Congress this year (2013), who posted coloured counters into collection boxes on the practice’s stand, helping increase the size of the donations.

GDBA is a charity close to Willows’ heart. In 2009, one of the association’s dogs, called AJ, was referred to the practice for life-saving surgery when he was just three months old. He was suffering with an intrahepatic portosystemic shunt, but after surgery, made a complete recovery.

Delegates at BSAVA Congress 2013 decided how much of the £5,000 donation fund each charity received.Peter Renwick, partner at Willows, said: “We are really happy to be able to support GDBA in the fantastic work they do.

“It was lovely to meet AJ again and especially to see him looking so fit and healthy.”

GDBA has been breeding and training guide dogs for more than 80 years. According to the charity, it costs approximately £50,000 to support a guide dog from birth through to retirement. It says all of Willows’ donation will go directly to funding this work.

For more information on the GDBA, visit its website.

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