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Whether you’re advising a client or administering an estate that includes a gift to Guide Dogs, we can help. If you’d like information on anything not covered here, please feel free to get in touch with us.

What are Guide Dogs’ registered details and charity number?

Guide Dogs is a working name of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Registered Office: Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire RG7 3YG. A company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales (291646) and a charity registered in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SC038979).



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I’m administering an estate which includes a legacy to Guide Dogs. To whom should I make the cheque payable, and where should I send the proceeds?

Please make the cheque payable either to 'Guide Dogs' or 'The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association', and send it to our Central Office:

Guide Dogs
Hillfields
Burghfield Common
Reading
RG7 3YG



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While we’re administering the estate, why do you ask to know about our client and ask us to pass on letters to their Next of Kin?

As Gifts in Wills are so important to Guide Dogs, we want to understand why your client chose to support us in this way or what prompted the gift.

We ask you to pass on a thank you letter to the Next of Kin, so that we can thank them personally for the deceased’s gift. We know that supporters like to be valued and we want the Next of Kin to know how much we appreciate their loved one’s gift. If they’re interested, we can also arrange for them to visit one of our Training Schools to see how their loved one’s gift is being used.



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I’m drafting a Will for a client. What wording should I use?

We have drafted wording for people to use when leaving gifts:

A Residuary Gift (the remains of your estate after any specific gifts have been distributed, and any debts have been paid):
“I give free of Inheritance Tax (…%) of the residue of my estate to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association…”

A Pecuniary Gift (a specific sum):
“I give free of Inheritance Tax the sum of ...pounds to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association…”

Then follow with:
“…whose Registered Office is situated at Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire RG7 3YG (Registered Charity No. 209617 or SC038979), for the general charitable purposes of the Association, and I declare that the receipt of an authorised official for the time being shall be a good discharge to my executors.”

For a pecuniary gift, your client may wish their gift to be adjusted for inflation; please add in the suitable wording.



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What percentage of Guide Dogs’ income is spent on administration?

Approximately 2p in every pound we receive is spent on administration. If you’d like to see the costs of training a guide dog, please order our booklet 'Life Changers' or call the Gifts in Wills team on 0800 953 0113.



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Do you have any literature I could show my client?

Yes, we’d be happy to forward more information about Guide Dogs on to you or your client, either by post or email. Life Changers is a booklet that explains how we generate funds, how we spend the money we raise, and what a difference it makes to our guide dog owners. Pick up a copy of our free Life Changers booklet and DVD.

If your client leaves a gift in their Will to Guide Dogs, please do ask them to let us know. We’ll then be able to thank them and keep them up to date with our work.



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Can my client leave money in a Will specifically to Name a Puppy?

Yes, this is a popular way for people to leave us a gift in their Will. Your client will need to make the specific statement in their Will, and we ask for a gift of £5,000 to Name a Puppy. This reflects the cost of putting one dog through its first fourteen months of puppy walking until it goes to Training School. When we receive a gift like this, we name the puppy and send regular updates on the puppy’s progress to the nominated Next of Kin or friend. We ask that there are three suggested puppy names written in the Will and we’ll try to use your client’s first preference where possible.

The cost of breeding, training and supporting a guide dog through its lifetime is currently around £50,000. A guide dog owner can have up to eight dogs in their lifetime, so costs can rise to nearly a quarter of a million pounds. Please remember that if your client leaves a specific gift, its value will reduce over time, so they may want to consider index linking the gift.



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Can my client meet you to learn more?

Yes, we’d be delighted to welcome your client along to one of our Reception Days.



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Do you have any examples of how gifts in Wills have been used?

Yes. You can see just how much these gifts can transform people’s lives on our Inspiring Stories page.



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Does Guide Dogs accept BACS payments?

Yes, please contact our Legacy Administration team on 0800 953 0113 or email legacyadmin@guidedogs.org.ukfor details.



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