How your money is helping
It cost Guide Dogs around £48 million to provide the guide dog service and other mobility services in 2014. Our Guide Dogs services has trained and partnered more than 30,000 guide dogs – transforming the lives of people with sight loss and this number continues to grow each year.
Andrea’s a good example of how your donation might be spent:
Andrea Cooper knows first-hand how distressing it is to feel isolated by a visual impairment. Andrea was one of the first young people to get involved in a pilot scheme we set up for children under 16. At just 15, she became one of the youngest guide dog owners ever.
It costs Guide Dogs:
- £39,700 to breed and train a guide dog
- £13,000 to support the ongoing working partnership until the dog retires.
Andrea may need eight or more dogs in her life, each at a cost of around £50,000. We make a lifetime commitment to each guide dog owner to provide them with a guide dog for as long as they need one.
Some of the ways we help someone like Andrea:
- We campaign on behalf of guide dog owners to ensure they have access to shops, buses, taxis, restaurants. We also campaign to ensure that streets are accessible and safe for people with guide dogs.
- We research into the causes of sight loss and prevention of further sight loss, and the best way to breed and train dogs.
- Our National Breeding Centre is essential to Guide Dogs' future. It's where we work to improve all aspects of our breeding programme so that we can provide the best guide dogs. In 2015, we intend to breed around 1,250 guide dog puppies.
- We regularly visit newly qualified guide dog owners to see how they are getting on and to provide local advice and support. Read more about our services.
- We provide Blind Children UK with a grant which is enabling them to help thousands of children and young people living with sight loss live as independently as they can when they become adults.
You can find more detailed information on how we spend our money in our annual review and report.