Swindon Guide Dogs named as MP's charity of the week

By Barrie Hudson - 4 November 2022


Swindon Guide Dogs is the latest good cause to be highlighted by Sir Robert Buckland as his charity of the week.

South Swindon MP Sir Robert said: "The main aim of this excellent local charity is to make guide dogs available to people suffering from sight loss, at no cost to themselves.
"The charity pays for dog food and vet bills for each dog. This makes having a guide dog affordable to anyone in need, from all walks of life. 
"The only cost for a person qualifying with a new dog is 50p to pay for the legal transfer of ownership from the charity to the newly qualified guide dog owner (GDO) and the owner can then claim the 50p back when the dog retires!
"It costs £8 a day to support a local partnership within our community, which is just under £3,000 per dog, per year and there are approximately 5,000 guide dog owners in the UK. This is all down to members of the public generously donating to the charity."
Puppy Raisers are desperately needed all over the UK. These are volunteers who take a puppy at around seven weeks old and stay with them until around fourteen months old, training in basic commands and helping them to socialise in the local community, taking them into supermarkets, on buses and trains and into other situations to prepare them to become a working guide dog.

Swindon Guide Dogs are holding a Charity Coffee Morning on Saturday, 26 November between 10am and noon at The Crown Inn, Stratton. They will be holding a raffle at the event, as well as selling Guide Dog goods including puppy calendars, Christmas cards, soft toys, and other items, which are ideal Christmas gifts. 

People can follow the charity at https://twitter.com/fletcas and https://www.facebook.com/Swindon-Fundraising-Group-For-Guide-Dogs-169103016440564

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