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Harnessed with pride to #standout for Guide Dogs Week

Historic stone lion on London's South Bank with a guide dog harnessThe historic stone lion on London's picturesque South Bank is standing out for Guide Dogs this week, as it proudly wears one of the charity's iconic harnesses. The gigantic South Bank Lion statue, which looks out across the Thames and Westminster, is sporting the high viz installation as part of our celebrations Let’s Glow for Guide Dogs Week (4-12 October).

Measuring over 13 feet and weighing around 13 tons, it took a special taskforce to create a harness for such a large animal. David Pryke and his team at the Guide Dogs Workshop in Warwick handmade the bespoke design, which will stay in place throughout Guide Dogs Week and will be seen by thousands of passers-by in the coming days.

Just like The South Bank Lion, you can also show your support during Guide Dogs Week and join in the Let’s Glow Dress-in-Neon Day on Friday 10 October or donate an hour of your time to stand out for blind and partially sighted people around the UK. 

And if you see the lion, don’t forget to share or tweet us a picture @guidedogs using #standout.


Join @guidedogs on Twitter during Thursday the 9th of October as we spend the day with Priya and her guide dog Sidney and take in the sights and sounds of London. Please feel free to join in the conversation.


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Stone lion on London's South Bank being decorated with a guide dog harness

Stone lion on London's South Bank overlooking the Thames river

Stone lion on London Southbank