Any donations made in memory of a loved one will be very gratefully received and will help to 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.
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.
There are 2 options open to you if you would like to arrange a collection in lieu of flowers. The first option is setting up an online funeral collection. An online funeral collection enables you to share a link with friends and family with the funeral details and the ability to donate to Guide Dogs. This page can also be personalised with photos of your loved one. You can create an online funeral collection directly from our donate in memory pages on our website, the instructions are simple to follow. If you do have any problems please feel free to call us.
Option 2 is that 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 they can be sent directly back to us, so that we can thank everyone who has donated.
A Tribute Fund is an individual fund that’s set up in the name of a loved one to collect donations for Guide Dogs in their memory. By setting up a Tribute Fund, you’ll be helping to commemorate someone’s life and keeping their memory alive and also have the opportunity to name a puppy. 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.
If you wish you can create your Tribute Fund online, meaning that you can access and update the Fund as you wish. You can share updates, pictures and stories of your loved one’s Fund with friends and family. They in turn can also contribute their own memories, stories and pictures. Together you can create the perfect lasting tribute to your loved one. There is also a donate function on the page, so you can see the Fund grow and see the collective impact of these special gifts.
Setting up a Tribute Fund is useful if you’re hoping to raise the £5,000 that is required 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.
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.
No, the fundraising targets to Name a Puppy do not include any Gift Aid amounts and therefore can't be counted towards your Name a Puppy goal. Not all donations are eligible for Gift Aid to be claimed by Guide Dogs and so excluding Gift Aid from the target ensures everyone is raising the same amount.
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 dedication will be seen by all visitors to our regional centres.
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. If you have an online fund you can set up events in the fund so everyone can see what events you have and how much they have raised.