Other ways to give
Giving for free
Every hour, someone in the UK will begin to lose their sight. We're here to support people through a wide range of services for adults, young people and children at any stage in life.
We work with some fantastic partners who are committed to helping you make a real difference to the lives of people with sight loss, through everyday activities, such as shopping, at no extra cost to yourself. Every little bit adds up.
Thanks to people shopping with their VIP Loyalty card at Pets at Home, for example, we've been able to buy toys and equipment for our buddy dog 'experience sessions'.
Pets at Home 'Lifelines' bring buddy dog experience sessions to life
An experience session is one of the first steps for families who are hoping to get a buddy dog for their child with a vision impairment. It's a fun and interactive session for the whole family - they meet a life-sized toy dog called 'Stuffy the dog', and they learn about the 'Five Happy Dog Rules' that help a child and dog form a strong, safe relationship. They get to touch and feel various grooming items and toys, which customers of Pets at Home have helped us to buy using VIP Club Lifeline vouchers. Each family is then introduced to some of our buddy dogs with time to interact and play. This helps build a child's confidence and put into practice what they've learned - ready for when they get their very own buddy dog.
Tabs for Good
We've partnered with 'Tabs for Good' by Good Loop. A free Chrome plugin that enables you to support people with sight loss simply by browsing the internet.
By downloading the free Tabs for Good plugin you can raise money for Guide Dogs every time you open a browser tab. Unobtrusive banner ads are displayed at the bottom of the new page, for which advertisers donate to Guide Dogs. Your browsing experience is not interrupted, as you don't need to click on the ads, and your online activity is not tracked. (Currently available on desktop only).
How to browse and earn for Guide Dogs:
Sign-up to Tabs for Good
You'll then be taken to the Chrome Web Store to download the plugin for free
Choose Guide Dogs as your Tabs for Good Charity
Browse the internet as usual and for every tab you open, you'll raise money to support people with sight loss! You'll even have a personal dashboard to see how much you've raised
Virgin Red is Virgin's new rewards club. It. celebrates its members by providing access to rewards from the Virgin family and beyond!
With Virgin Red you can earn Virgin Points on the everyday to spend on the extraordinary.
And it's not just Virgin companies that you can earn points with - there are plenty of your favourite retailers and brands included too. So, whether you're shopping for clothes, food, electronics, homeware and more - you can earn points every day.
There's a huge range of options for spending your points from hot drinks to holidays. You can even donate Points for Good to Guide Dogs, so you can help people with sight loss live the life they choose, at no extra cost to you.
Find out how you can benefit from Virgin Red.
Smile! You can support people with sight loss by choosing Guide Dogs when you shop with AmazonSmile, at no extra cost to yourself.
You shop. Amazon gives! The prices, selection and benefits are identical to the Amazon you know, except Amazon donates 0.5% of the price on eligible purchases. Every little bit counts.
How to get started:
Sign-up or sign-in to AmazonSmile
Download or update the Amazon shopping app
Turn on AmazonSmile in the app (in the main menu, select 'Settings', 'AmazonSmile' and then follow instructions)
If you prefer to shop from your personal computer instead of the app, you could download Smilematic to help. This is a free extension which automatically directs you to AmazonSmile if you forget and go to Amazon instead. Alternatively, bookmark AmazonSmile to your favourites
You can now support Guide Dogs through the Marks and Spencer Sparks loyalty scheme.
The relaunched Sparks scheme gives members even more personalised offers, gifts and instant rewards than before. And, when you choose Guide Dogs as your Sparks charity, M&S will donate a penny every time you shop with Sparks.
So, now you have an extra excuse to pop to M&S for that pack of Percy Pigs!
Get Shopping for Guide Dogs:
Join online, via the M&S app or instore
Select Guide Dogs as your Sparks charity (existing Sparks account holders can update their charity via the app or online)
M&S will donate one penny every time you shop online or in-store with Sparks at no additional cost to you
Pets at Home
Join the Pets at Home VIP Club and help provide toys and training equipment for our future life-changing guide dogs every time you shop, at no extra cost to you.
Lifelines are converted to vouchers which help us to buy vital training equipment, toys and other essentials for our guide dog puppies, guide dogs in training, buddy dogs and companion dogs.
How you can get involved:
Join the VIP Club
Choose Guide Dogs as your lifeline charity
Earn lifelines every time you shop online or in-store with your VIP account
eBay for Charity and PayPal Giving Fund
You can support Guide Dogs when buying or selling on eBay, or through the PayPal app.
Selling on eBay
When selling an item on eBay you can donate a proportion of the final sale value to help people with sight loss. The amount you wish to donate is up to you - every little bit helps.
To sell on eBay and donate to Guide Dogs:
Register with eBay to start selling
List your item
Choose what proportion of your final sale value goes to Guide Dogs
Further information can be found on eBay for Charity.
Buy Guide Dogs items
You can support us when shopping by buying items marked with the eBay for Charity ribbon and sold in aid of Guide Dogs. To find those items visit our eBay shop.
Donations at checkout
When you pay on eBay for an item you've won, you have the option to add a small donation to a featured charity. You can choose Guide Dogs as your charity on the 'My favourite charities' page within your account.
The PayPal app also offers another opportunity to make a direct donation to Guide Dogs and you can save the charity as your favourite for future giving.
Looking to scrap an old car or motorbike that's gathering dust in your garage? Giveacar can help you sell it and support Guide Dogs at the same time.
Giveacar can save you the hassle of getting rid of an unwanted vehicle - and you can support Guide Dogs at the same time. Giveacar will collect any car for free and scrap or auction it, with the proceeds donated to support people with sight loss.
How to donate your unwanted vehicle:
Click 'Donate your car' and complete the short online form
Alternatively, call 020 7736 4242
You can help us change lives!