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Thank you for being at the forefront of helping us achieve our ambitions
A thank you letter from guide dog owner Bhavini and guide dog Colin
Dear Guide Dogs supporter,
As somebody who is fortunate to have a guide dog, Colin, I'm incredibly excited about the plans for a new local Guide Dogs centre.
I understand you've supported Guide Dogs with generous donations and I can't thank you enough for helping bring Colin into my life. He's given me so much independence and we don't go anywhere without each other. Our partnership is brilliant.
I used to panic about picking up my child from school; trying to navigate so many obstacles on the street was really hard work. Now it feels like a weight has been lifted. I can collect my daughter without the stress. I can get my coat, slip on Colin's harness and just go. He's completely changed my life, but I do remember how difficult it was waiting for a guide dog partner. It was really hard knowing how long it would take.
It's fantastic to know that the new centres will be able to support more adults, young people and children with sight loss to live the active and independent lives they choose. And, that other people with vision impairment can be partnered with a guide dog much sooner.
What I'm looking forward to most is that everybody in the sight loss community will have somewhere to come together locally. It makes a huge difference to meet other people with guide dogs, to share, learn, and listen to the challenges they face and how they do things. It will be great for Colin too. He's really cheeky and loves playing with other dogs in my local park. But, on the few occasions he's met other guide dogs, well... they just go berserk! They can be off their harnesses and run free, and they seem to have this special bond, like they know that they do the same job. The new centre will give Colin somewhere he can play and have fun.
Thank you again for supporting Guide Dogs in making a huge difference to people like me living with sight loss in the UK.
My very best wishes