Local fundraisers in Eastleigh and Winchester have raised £13,000, funding a guide dog to partner someone with sight loss.
Thanks to hard-working volunteers, guide dog Grace is now fully funded to start her working guide dog career.
It costs around £55,000 to breed, train and support a guide dog throughout their life. Guide Dogs continues to support the dogs during their time working as a guide, so the £13,000 figure covers the cost of food, vets’ bills and ongoing training after the dog is partnered with someone with sight loss.
The fundraising group, made up entirely of volunteers, raised the money through local activities like collections and sponsored events.
Lee Thresher, of Guide Dogs, said:
“This amazing group of volunteers have done incredibly well to raise this sum, which will make a real difference for the people we support.
“Volunteers kindly offer their time, support and energy to our charity. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue our work.
“Our guide dogs are truly life-changing, allowing people with sight loss to enjoy the same freedom and independence as everyone else.
“We are so proud of our volunteers and would like to thank them for everything they do. We also wish to recognise the fantastic support that the group receives from individuals and businesses within the local community.”
There are almost 54,000 people living with sight loss across Hampshire. While not all of these people are registered blind, their sight loss is significant enough to impact their daily lives.
The charity is looking for more volunteers to help out in a number of roles, from fundraising to helping raise puppies. To find out about volunteering for Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer