Cafe window gets Guide Dogs inspired transformation - The Leamington Observer

Cafe window gets Guide Dogs inspired transformation

Leamington Editorial 15th Apr, 2023   0

A CAFE owner from Leamington has created a Guide Dogs inspired window mural, ahead of running the London Marathon for the charity later this month.

Alice Herring has transformed the window of Rustic Food cafe on Regent Street with a variety of dog drawings and an outline of the London Skyline.

She hopes the mural will encourage people to sponsor her for the London Marathon, which she will be running in aid of Guide Dogs on Sunday April 23.

Alice, who co-owns the cae with her partner, said: “It was really fun working on the window mural and we’ve already had lots of interests from passers-by wanting to find out more about how we’re supporting Guide Dogs.

“The plan is to create competitions involving the local community through my art murals and pet portraits to help raise the target of £4,000 for the charity, ahead of completing the London Marathon for them later this month.

“Guide Dogs has great people, doing even greater things, and I feel very lucky to be working alongside them.”

As well as raising money for Guide Dogs, Rustic Food has also been providing staff members from Guide Dogs with free hot drinks.

Guide Dogs’ Midlands Regional Centre is based on Warwick New Road, where around 90 guide dogs are trained each year.

Graham Kensett, head of canine assisted services for the Midlands and East region at Guide Dogs, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Alice and everyone at Rustic Food for their support.

“The window mural which Alice has created is a fantastic, fun way to showcase the work we do here at Guide Dogs.

“It costs around £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and, as a charity, we rely almost entirely on public donations to keep our life-changing services running.

“Without support from people like Alice, and Rustic Food, we wouldn’t be able to help the people with sight loss we support.

“We wish Alice the best of luck with the final stages of her training and hope the race goes well.”

Visit to support Alice’s fundraising.


Alice has transformed the window of Rustic Food cafe on Regent Street.


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