By Tim Saunders on
British actress Gemma Atkinson went blind for charity last week.
The 24-year-old agreed to be blindfolded and led by a guide dog at the Manchester premiere of Disney’s latest animated film, Bolt, to help raise more than £400 for charity.
“It is an amazing job that the guide dogs do and I felt confident and did not feel vulnerable at all,” said Atkinson, who raised the money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Gladiator Panther and Hollyoaks actor Ellis Hollins also attended the charity premiere and rode in a 12ft human hamster ball to raise money for the organization.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association was founded in 1934 to provide welfare for blind and partially-sighted people, including the training and provision of guide dogs. Guide Dogs’ mission today is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. They rely entirely on public donations, and more information about the organization can be found here.
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