Inspirational World Duty Free duo lead incredible fund-raising effort for the blind

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

Here’s a heart-warming story from World Duty Free’s Gatwick Airport team.Lynda Armstrong and Moira Smith have raised £100,000 in aid of Guide Dogs For The Blind – that’s an amazing £65,000 over their original target.

Thanks to their combined efforts – and the generosity of donors – World Duty Free was able to sponsor 12 puppies through training and one dog for life.

World Duty Free’s dynamic duo worked together to raise the funds through the outstanding – and appropriate – sale of 1,900 Plush Puppies. 

Lynda Armstrong, Systems & Administration Manager, World Duty Free, Gatwick Airport said: “It is an amazing feeling to know that 13 people, either partially sighted or blind, will have their own guide dog due to the money we have raised. As soon as our puppies have been born, we will receive regular progress reports on their development throughout their training.”

Barry Wheeler, World Duty Free General Manager at Gatwick Airport said: “The success of this campaign has been down to Lynda and Moira’s continued dedication to the cause, with excellent team work from all staff involved at World Duty Free.”

The Guide Dog for Life has been named Jasper and has already been placed with his new family. The puppies have yet to be assigned as the charity is awaiting dog walkers. If you feel you may be able to help please visit

And the effort isn’t over yet. Moira Smith is also hoping to do a sky dive later in the year with her daughter to raise additional funds. Here’s one of two World Duty Free women who clearly set their aims on new heights, of commitment, of generosity and of results.

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