Shoppers in Waitrose have given a helping hand to Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind, thanks to their donations throughout January.

Each month, customers decide which local charities and organisations should benefit from the store’s Community Matters scheme.

They then use green tokens that are given out with every purchase to donate to their chosen charity.

On Tuesday, a cheque for £465 was presented to chairman of Swindon Guide Dogs Alan Fletcher.

He said: “It’s fantastic that we were chosen. I was absolutely delighted when we found out at the beginning of January.

“It costs £5 a day to partner somebody with a dog, which pays for food and vets’ bills so, when you think about it, this money will fund a partnership for 93 days.”

Mr Fletcher added: “Everybody was excited to see Nutmeg, my dog, and we had a puppy, Fletcher, with us too.

“There are no guide dogs in Marlborough, so I think people were quite shocked to see us.”