A STREET collection in Ilkley on Saturday raised a fantastic £545.78 for Guide Dogs.

Volunteers and guide dog owners were out in force in the town centre with their collecting buckets. As well as collecting money, they were answering questions from members of the public and giving out information on the work of the charity.

Andrew Barton, group coordinator of Ilkley Guide Dogs branch said: “Just as we expected, the people of Ilkley gave generously, the weather was kind to us, and we all had a really enjoyable day. The money collected can buy 22 of the iconic white harnesses or could support a working guide dog for 110 days. So you can see that collections such as these really do make a difference to the lives of visually impaired people.”

Guide Dogs provides independence to thousands of blind and partially sighted people.