Captain Leads The Way - The Directory Group

Captain leads the way

Keen local golfers turned dedicated fundraisers to support Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Waterlooville Golf Club recently donated £2,500 to the charity, chosen by senior section captain Roger Penney during his one-year captaincy.

The golfers raised funds through a range of events such as raffles and silent auctions and a cheque was presented to the charity at the recent senior section annual dinner.

Due to the amount raised, Mr Penney was given the opportunity to name a guide dog puppy which he called Bertie, after his wife’s late father.

Katie Smith, the charity’s engagement officer for Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, said: “We don’t receive any government funding for the guide dog service so we are hugely appreciative of the club’s enthusiasm and efforts in raising funds.”

Guide Dogs provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

To learn more about the charity, naming a guide dog puppy or joining the Portsmouth and District support group, email Katie Loucaides at or visit

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