Ready, set... Fund Race!

Make a difference with a Guide Dogs assembly and sports challenge that everyone can enjoy

Fund Race is a fun and simple way to raise money for Guide Dogs, whilst also learning about sight loss with the launch of our new assembly downloadable tools including inspiring videos of young people sharing their lived experience. 

What is Fund Race?

Fund Race is a learning experience building to a race with a twist - every participant is blindfolded and uses a rope as their guide. All children should be able to take part in every part of school. That’s why we’ve created this fun challenge for children of all ages to enjoy, from nursery to Key-Stage 4.

How to take part

  1. Plan your Fund Race date.
  2. Download your free schools pack with everything you need for an inspiring assembly and event.
  3. Spread the word – make sure everyone knows your efforts to promote accessibility and inclusivity.
  4. Ask for a donation to take part in Fund Race.
  5. Pay in your fundraising so we can continue making a massive difference to the lives of children and young people.
A collage of the different resources available in the Fund Race pack

Free Fund Race schools pack

Sign up for your free schools pack, which can be downloaded or sent in the post in either English or Welsh language.

  • Information about accessibility and inclusion
  • Stories of children and young people with sight loss
  • Inspiring videos to show your students
  • Assembly plans, PowerPoints and activities
  • Adnoddau Cymraeg ar gael (our resources are also available in Welsh!)
  • As well as lots of simple fundraising ideas!


Put the 'fun' in fundraising

  • Ask your Fund Race participants to pay to enter - whether it’s a donation in the bucket or sponsorship, every penny counts.
  • Set up a JustGiving page – share your school fundraising page far and wide asking for donations.
  • Sell refreshments – running a cake or drink stall during Fund Race is a quick and easy way to boost your funds.

Join Michael Owen in supporting Fund Race

“As a father of a child with a vision impairment, I know all too well how sometimes children with sight loss can feel left out at school. But with Guide Dogs life-changing support, they can learn things in a different way and do all the same things as their friends.” - Michael Owen

Why we need your help

In the UK today, there are around 28,000 children who have a vision impairment. With the right skills, tools and adaptations, children with sight loss can do the same things as everyone else. 

  • 50p could feed a buddy dog for a day.
  • £29 could pay for mobility training with one of our Habilitation Specialists to support a child and their school for an hour.
  • £48 could buy a child a custom large-print book through our CustomEyes Books service
Guide Dogs have made me these books and it’s just like normal books, like Harry Potter! It’s really helpful and the font’s bigger and the paper is yellow. It just makes it easier to see.
Josie, age 10

Any questions?

If you need any help or advice about fundraising, please get in touch with our friendly team.

0345 143 0192