Trip raises cash and awareness
A RETIRED police officer's whistle-stop tour of Wales has raised cash for audio messages on buses.
Mike Clifford, from Skewen, hopped on and off nearly 30 different buses during his five-day sponsored trip to back Guide Dogs Cymru's campaign for onboard audio announcements.
The 62-year-old, who raised more than £600 for the charity, made the e trip courtesy of the Welsh Government's concessionary bus pass scheme, and said the experience opened his eyes.
"Of the companies I used, only one had audio messaging – that was Traws Cymru," said the volunteer puppy walker.
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"Their buses seemed new and had lovely big areas for disabled people that would suit anyone with a guide dog."
Mr Clifford, who met several guide dog owners on board the various buses, added: "I have noticed there are problems with somewhere to sit.
"People are not always willing to give up a seat for the person who needs it.
"The problem must be 10 times worse when you can't see."
"It had never really occurred to me how people with guide dogs manage on buses.
"It's a struggle, and that's wrong.
"I got quite annoyed."
His trip followed the departure of his guide dog puppy Sheena, who is now in Leamington Spa for training.