Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose how my donation is spent?

Any donations made in memory of a loved one will be very gratefully received and support our vital services. However, if you’d like to support a particular area of our work, please call us on 0800 953 0113 to discuss how we can best support your wishes.



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Why should I consider a gift in lieu of flowers to Guide Dogs?

It's traditional to give flowers at a funeral, but more and more people are choosing to commemorate the life of a loved one by donating to a cause close to their heart. Gifts in memory are especially important to Guide Dogs, as they’re a very personal and precious way of remembering someone, whilst also supporting our vital work.

Guide Dogs can provide special envelopes to use for a funeral collection. They’re tastefully designed and the pre-paid envelopes can be handed back to the person who organised the collection or sent directly back to us, so that we can thank everyone who has donated.



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What’s a Tribute Fund and why should I think about setting one up?

A Tribute Fund is an individual fund that’s set up in the name of a loved one. By setting up a Tribute Fund, you’ll be helping to commemorate someone’s life and keeping their memory alive. Any funds that you raise for Guide Dogs, at a funeral or at a special fundraising event, can be paid into the Fund. Family and friends can make donations directly into the Fund too.

Setting up a Tribute Fund is useful if you’re hoping to raise £5,000 to Name a Puppy in memory of someone close to you. By raising money collectively, friends and relatives may soon be able to reach the target.



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Can I name a puppy in memory of a loved one?

Yes. If you make a donation of £5,000 or more to Guide Dogs then you’ll be able to Name a Puppy and play a very real part in our work. Your donation will support the puppy you’ve named from birth through to the end of the vital puppy walking stage, helping us to pay for the cost of breeding, vaccinations, vets’ bills, food and equipment. In return we’ll send you regular updates on your puppy’s progress and give you the chance to meet your puppy in person too. It’s a lovely way to keep someone’s memory alive into the next generation.



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How can I make a lasting memorial to a loved one?

If you’d like to leave a permanent memorial to a loved one, you may want to dedicate a brick in one of our commemorative pathways. You can write a personal dedication, and your message will be seen by visitors to our centres for years to come.



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How can I show my family the difference that our donations have made?

By setting up a Tribute Fund online in the name of a loved one, your friends and family will be able to see just how much has been raised. We’ll let you know about every donation we receive and thank you for your generosity.



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Can I take part in an event to raise funds in memory?

Yes. At Guide Dogs we organise a wide range of fundraising events across the country and throughout the year. From sponsored cycling to skydiving, you’re very welcome to take part. Alternatively, you may prefer to organise your own event, such as a sponsored walk or a coffee morning. We’ve got a great fundraising pack you can download to help organise your event; please just let us know that your activities are in memory of a loved one.

You might want to consider setting up a Tribute Fund in their name. That way all the funds you raise during the event can simply be paid into the Fund and kept together in one place.



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