Make a difference to people with sight loss
Stacey’s sight loss was sudden and unexpected. At the age of just 21 she fell ill while on holiday and within days was saying goodbyes to her family fearing for the worst, as the doctors prepared to induce a coma. “When I woke up my sight didn’t return to what it used to be like. Doctors said that blood clots travelled to my brain damaging both optic nerves and that it was permanent” says Stacey “my central vision is completely gone now.”
Her dream of becoming a nurse was shattered and her life was turned upside down. “I felt worthless. I’d gone from being very independent to being unable to make a cup of tea and having to rely on my family to do everything for me. I felt like there is no way of coming out of the black hole I’ve found myself in” says Stacey.
This was until her guide dog Toffee came along, taking Stacey out of her shell and out the door. The difference he’s made to her independence is extraordinary.
My world turned back around and everything was fully in its place again. I feel like I have my life back!
*901 people were on the waiting list for a guide dog as of 22 February 2017
Why we need your support
It costs £54,600 to train and care for a guide dog from birth to retirement. Your donations are crucial to continuing our life-changing work, that last year helped 10,000 people with sight loss like Stacey get around safely and with confidence through a variety of support services.
Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. Thanks to donations from people like you, Guide Dogs makes sure that when someone loses their sight, they don’t lose their freedom as well.