NatEx passengers in Cardiff raise money for Guide Dogs

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Coach passengers have gone the extra mile to raise money for Guide Dogs Cymru.

People travelling on National Express services in Cardiff were invited to donate their loose change to the charity via an on-board bucket collection.

The scheme was thought up by Joanne James, who works at the National Express office in Central Square, Cardiff. She said: “I’m a huge animal lover and thought it would be good to make people aware that we take guide dogs on coaches. It means people don’t need to be housebound and can get around the UK with us.

“Passengers with assistance dogs can phone ahead and request assistance. They usually sit at the front of the coach, or wherever they feel comfortable.

“We’ve got passengers that travel regularly with their guide dogs, and members of staff will even take the dog for a quick walk or to spend a penny!”

Frank Greig, Community Fundraiser for Guide Dogs in Cardiff, said: “It costs £5 a day to keep a guide dog partnership on the road, and the service receives no government funding, so National Express passengers can be sure they are making a real difference.”