How your money is helping

We rely on donations to continue our life-changing work. To help make a difference to people living with sight loss, it costs:

    1. £75.7 million to deliver all our services
    2. £34,600 to breed and train a single guide dog
    3. £54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement
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Your generous donations in 2019

  • Provided almost 250,000 people with information about sight loss in 2021.
  • Created 685 new guide dog partnerships and supported 4,800 partnerships in total.
  • Matched 1,296 people with a sighted guide.
  • Helped 2,845 children learn essential life skills so that they can navigate the world around them confidently and safely.
  • Made 4,000 tailor-made books, enabling children with sight loss to enjoy reading just like their friends.
  • Had 1,095 people affected by sight loss attend our family support events.
  • Provided support 9,650 times for children with a vision impairment and their families.
  • Partnered 52 children with a buddy dog, helping improve their confidence and wellbeing in 2020.

How we spend your money

Did you know?

The UK’s first guide dog partnerships qualified in 1931. Since then, thanks to our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters we have partnered over 36,000 people with a guide dog and transformed the lives of thousands more through our other services.

Breakdown of a pound in 2021

For every £1 spent, Guide Dogs spends:

  • 54p goes to providing guide dogs and other adult services
  • 32p goes to generating income, including trading activities
  • 8.5p goes to campaigning and raising awareness
  • 5p goes to providing children and young people’s services
  • 0.5p goes to research and development

Further information

You can find an accessible version of the breakdown of the pound as well as more detailed information on how we spend our money in our annual review and report.