UBC Launches Charitable Giving Campaign for Guide Dogs UK

UBC Launches Charitable Giving Campaign for Guide Dogs UK

UBCUK has pledged its full support for Guide Dogs UK, a nationwide charity for the blind and partially sighted, and has launched a year-long giving campaign with regular fundraising events at business centres across the UK.

UBC marked its new charitable partnership at a special ‘Meet the Guide Dogs’ day, held at UBC Cirencester on Tuesday 10th April.

'Meet the Guide Dogs' event at UBC Cirencester

The event was a great success, with around 60 people turning out to chat with volunteers, meet the puppies in training, and learn how guide dogs provide freedom and mobility to blind and partially sighted people all over the UK.

The Guide Dogs story started in 1931 when Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond started training the first four British guide dogs in Wallasey, Merseyside. Fast-forward to today and Guide Dogs UK is responsible for around 8,000 dogs and to date, the organisation has helped over 29,000 people achieve life-changing independence.

In addition to breeding and training working dogs, Guide Dogs UK works closely with research groups, schools, authorities, and people with visual impairments and their families, to offer specialist support and education.

Guide Dogs UK’s mission is to enable all blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. However, it costs £5 per day to support every working guide dog partnership, and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £55,000.

To support this cause, all of UBC’s business centres are now dedicated to Guide Dogs UK and Centre Managers are busy organising a series of fundraising events at their business centres over the coming months.

Watch this space for upcoming events and fundraisers on behalf of Guide Dogs UK. If you would like to offer your support, please donate online via UBC’s official Guide Dogs fundraising page.

Further information about Guide Dogs UK, including support and volunteering, can be found here: www.guidedogs.org.uk