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Paws in the pews as Guide Dogs NI marks anniversary

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/08/2015

Dean John Mann with Robert Kilpatrick and his dog Betsy
Dean John Mann with Robert Kilpatrick and his dog Betsy
Charles Cleeland with his dog Pip
Dean John Mann from St Anne’s and Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson

There were prayers, pups and paws in the pews of St Anne's Cathedral yesterday as a special service was held for guide dogs.

It is now 30 years since Guide Dogs NI started, and in that time, the organisation has created more than 400 guide dog partnerships, as well as developing a range of services to help even more people who are visually impaired.

There are currently 107 guide dogs helping owners live a fuller life throughout Northern Ireland. To celebrate Guide Dogs NI's third decade, a series of events has been held, and yesterday, dogs and owners past and present, staff and supporters attended a service of thanksgiving at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. The Dean, Rev John Mann, and Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson watched on as the four-legged friends took part in Paws for Praise.

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