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Lord David Blunkett to visit borough

Lord David Blunkett will come to Wigan Borough on Thursday 12th May to visit the Centre for Guide Dog Training in Atherton and to give a talk about guide dogs at Leigh Miners Welfare.

The evening has been organised by the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Susan Loudon, in order to support her chosen charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Lord Blunkett, former education secretary (who has been blind since birth) served under Tony Blair and was the first blind cabinet minister. He used a guide dog himself inside Parliament and his dog became a familiar sight in the Commons.

The visits will include a tour of the Centre for Guide Dog Training, which will provide an insight into what happens behind the scenes at the centre and a talk about the importance of guide dogs and the development of services in the community.

One of the Mayor’s sponsored guide dogs, named Leigh, may also make a special appearance.

Labour MP Andy Burnham will introduce Lord Blunkett at the Leigh event and will be joined by leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith.

Councillor Chris Ready, portfolio holder for communities will be present at the Atherton venue.

Lord Smith said: “It’s fantastic that David is re-instilling the importance of guide dogs for those who are partially sighted or blind to our residents.

“Since Cllr Loudon became Mayor in May 2015, the borough has successfully supported her in raising money for this valuable charity and over £30,000 has been raised since then.

“I urge as many people as possible to buy tickets to the talks and to continue this support.”

Lord David Blunkett will be at the Centre for Guide Dog Training (Atherton, M46 0SU) from 5:45pm and will head to Leigh Miners Welfare (Leigh, WN7 4EF) for 7:30pm.

Residents can buy tickets to either of the talks for £10 each and proceeds will go towards Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Tickets can be ordered from Jo O’Connor on 01942 404140 or you can email jo.oconnor@wigan.gov.uk. Tickets can also be purchased from the Guide Dog Centre.

Both venues will also provide a buffet.

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