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Social club raises £6k to buy guide dog

Rockware Sports & Social Club, Knottingley, raise �6k for a new guide dog pup.
Robert Causier, brother of the late 'Cobber' Causier who inspired the fundraising, with Sally Baines and the rest of the gang that helped in the fundraising.
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Rockware Sports & Social Club, Knottingley, raise �6k for a new guide dog pup. Robert Causier, brother of the late 'Cobber' Causier who inspired the fundraising, with Sally Baines and the rest of the gang that helped in the fundraising. p310c421

A Knottingley club has raised more than £6,000 in less than nine months to buy a guide dog.

Sally Baines, stewardess of the Rockware Sports and Social Club, launched a fundraising drive so the club could buy the puppy in memory of former relief steward Paul Causier, known as Cobber.

Mr Causier died suddenly around three years ago and Mrs Baines, along with Mr Causier’s family, wanted to do something in his memory.

The regulars rallied round, taking part in a variety of activities including cricket matches, rugby matches, an auction and raffles.

Staff from the Weeland Road club handed over the money to the Guide Dogs UK charity so it could buy the dog, which has now been named Cobber in tribute to Mr Causier.

Cobber the dog will spend six months with a puppy walker before going to boot camp to learn how to assist blind and partially sighted people.

Cobber has also visited Mrs Baines and some of Mr Causier’s family.

Mrs Baines, 41, said: “The charity gave us two years to raise £5,000 for the dog. But we raised more than £6,000 in just nine months.

“Everybody at the club still remembers Paul and they wanted to help raise the money because it was for him.

“Paul was a real dog man – he loved dogs so we thought this would be a fitting tribute.

“It was quite emotional meeting the dog, as Paul’s brothers went along too.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the staff and customers who helped the club raise the money.

“I was really pleased that we managed to collect so much money in such a short space of time.”

 

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