It’s an amazing moment when a newly qualified guide dog meets its blind or partially sighted owner for the very first time. It’s even better to know that the money you raised through your challenge has played a big part in making it happen.
Once you sign up to go for Guide Dogs, you’ll understand why we believe every person who needs a guide dog should have one. Yet our challenge to achieve that is huge. At the moment we have around 4,500 guide dog partnerships in the UK; however we estimate that there are still around 10,500 blind or partially sighted people who would benefit from a guide dog.
Each guide dog partnership involves around twenty months of training, seven years of support and costs almost £50,000. And we want to get a third more guide dogs out there by 2020. That’s two partnerships every day, which means spending, on average, at least an extra £3.3 million a year over the next decade compared to today.
The guide dog service receives no government funding, so we rely entirely on the kindness of our supporters. By choosing to go for Guide Dogs, you will help us to create even more amazing guide dog partnerships of the future.
FUNDRAISE: To race in aid of Guide Dogs email the Guide Dogs Events Team for a fundraising pack and top.
Guide Dogs is a working name of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, a registered charity in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SCO38979)