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10 Years of Tribute Funds
10 years of amazing memories
In 2004, we started Tribute Funds - a permanent fund set up by Guide Dogs in the name and memory of a loved one.
Thanks to all those who have supported us in this way, we’ve made amazing progress with the opening of 280 Tribute Funds since 2004. This incredible contribution has helped us raise over £1 million for Guide Dogs, whilst enabling the naming of in excess of 200 pups, all in memory of those celebrated through a fund.
Tribute Funds have made such a difference to Guide Dogs; we’ve achieved key milestones over the last 10 years with the continued commitment of those supporting a Tribute Fund, including opening a new world-class National Breeding Centre, and introducing new services such as Buddy Dogs and My Guide.
There are incredible stories behind each Tribute Fund; here’s just one example.
John Dick's Tribute Fund
John’s Tribute Fund was opened in 2004 by his wife Jules, after John died of a heart attack at the age of just 34. Each year, around John’s birthday, friends and family got together for a picnic and a walk in his memory, which became known as ‘John’s birthday walk’. At the same time they fundraise for the Tribute Fund. As this year’s 10th anniversary was such a milestone, Jules decided to make the birthday walk into a fundraising day in his memory. They hired the local cricket pavilion and had 5-a-side football and mini Olympic Games, a raffle, tombola, and a handmade crafts stall. Over 150 people attended the event, catching up and sharing stories about John, and helped to raise £1,200 for John’s Fund.
Together with friends and family, Jules has raised £35,000 so far and has named her 9th puppy in John’s memory.
We’re really grateful to everyone who supports us in this special way, commemorating the life of someone they’ve lost and, at the same time, supporting Guide Dogs in helping people who are blind and partially sighted across the UK.
To find out more about Tribute Funds,
please contact the Gifts in Memory team
on 0800 953 0113 or email us.