Councillor John Knapman Chairman of Epping Forest District Council encouraged everyone in the district to look cool by wearing their sunglasses for Guide Dogs, supporting the charity`s annual fundraising event Shades Day. He joined Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith on 20 June 2008 in wearing sunglasses to highlight the importance of protecting your eyes from UV (Ultraviolet) sunlight which can cause long-term eye damage and potential sight loss. Also joining them were four trainee Guide Dogs.
The Chairman was amongst thousands of schoolchildren and adults all over the UK who will be making a donation of £1 to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to wear their sunnies on Shades Day. The special day provides a unique opportunity to learn more about eye care, particularly in the sun, such as the importance of wearing good quality sunglasses.
Pictured above with Chairman Councillor John Knapman and Vice-Chairman Councillor Penny Smith are Jo Willey and Hazel (Black Golden Retriever/Lab cross), Mary Issit and Duchess (Golden Retriever/Lab Cross), Jennifer Crane and Quizzy (Golden Retriever/German Shepherd) and Laura Skinner and Leah (Italian Spinone/Labrador).
Councillor Knapman said: Shades Day is a fantastic way both to raise money for Guide Dogs and to highlight an important eye care message for us all. I was delighted to support this event and hope that everyone will wear their sunglasses to protect their eyes when out and about this summer.
Further information on Shades Day 2008 can be found at www.shadesday.org.uk.