Fun was had by all at a tea party at a popular community pub in Halliwell for a good cause.

The ‘Make Every Cuppa Count’ event was part of a national fundraising initiative by sight loss charity Guide Dogs.

The event was held at the Cotton Tree this week and included a visit from the Mayor of Bolton Cllr Mohammed Ayub.

Organised by a local group of volunteers, they successfully raised over £200 with a raffle, tombola and selling cakes.

Elaine Dolan, coordinator for the Bolton Fundraising Group, said: “The day was a great success, everyone enjoyed it and we had the Mayor of Bolton, Mohammed Ayub, as our guest of honour.

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“We would like to thank him for attending and making everyone feel relaxed.

“We would also like to thank Shirley Ann and Cliff from the Cotton Tree for letting us use their function room”.

Representatives from Tesco in Farnworth donated refreshments, and the Hulton Arms made a donation to the raffle.

Every day, 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight.

Diane Moore, community fundraising relationship manager for Guide Dogs, said: “We’re so grateful to have the support of our fundraising groups to host events like Make Every Cuppa Count.

“As a charity, Guide Dogs is almost entirely funded by donations.

“So, every penny raised goes a long way to help support people with sight loss”.

Elaine continued: “We want to thank everyone who came, and all the volunteers from the Bolton Fundraising Group who work so hard raising funds and awareness for Guide Dogs.

“Thanks to the event, four new volunteers are going to join us in the group too”.

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