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 starts important conversations about sight loss and inclusion in schools and youth groups.

  • Start with our diversity assembly (adapted for primary or secondary schools) all about inclusion and our charity, featuring inspirational stories from young people with vision impairment.
  • Continue the learning experience with our pack activities, making inclusivity pledges.
  • Put this into action with our sporting challenge! Enjoy a track race or obstacle course with a twist - every participant is blindfolded and uses a rope or partner as a guide. A fun and simple way to make a sport activity inclusive while also building understanding about sight loss in the next generation.
We’re so proud to have the Guide Dogs Champions for Active Inclusion accreditation after our family event.
Karen, Teacher

Why host a Fund Race?

Fund Race raises vital funds to support our life-changing work, but it is also a great way to incorporate learning and inclusive activities into your sports day, PE lessons, outdoor learning sessions or charity events. Youth groups have also used it in achieving badges.

We incorporated Fund Race into our annual sports competition, which the Brownies all loved and used as part of their Charities badge.
Pauline, Brownie leader

How to take part

  1. Download your free schools pack with everything you need for an inspiring assembly and event.
  2. Plan a date for your Fund Race. 
  3. Spread the word – make sure everyone knows about your efforts to promote accessibility and inclusion. 
  4. Ask for a donation to take part in Fund Race. You could even use our resources to set up a drink or cake stand to raise money at your event.  
  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

Your free Fund Race pack

Sign up for your free resource pack, which can be downloaded or sent in the post in either English or Welsh language. The pack features different resources suitable for Early Years, primary or secondary students. 

  • Information about accessibility and inclusion
  • Stories of children and young people with sight loss
  • Inspiring videos to show your students
  • Lesson plans and activity sheets 
  • As well as lots of simple fundraising ideas! 

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

How your fundraising helps 

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. Every penny raised through Fund Race makes a difference for young people with vision impairment.

  • 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