A boost for the blind

Guide Dogs fundraiser
Guide Dogs fundraiser

Guide Dogs Scotland is asking local Forfar people to assist a fund raising team in raising money for services boosting the independence of blind and partially sighted people.

The varied role may include doing street collections, taking collection boxes to local businesses, helping organise and attending local Guide Dogs events, and counting donations.

“Volunteering is really rewarding,” said Audrey Thomson of the Forfar fund-raising group. “You get to raise funds and awareness for a good cause and at the same time have some fun and meet new people.”

Volunteers will need good communication skills and be happy to work as part of a team. There are around 520 guide dog owners in Scotland and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is approximately £50,000. Guide Dogs Scotland receives no government funding for the guide dog service, which is paid for entirely through public generosity.

Forfar guide dog owner Marjory Hughes said local fund raising volunteers have made a massive difference to her life by helping pay for her guide dog James.

She said: “I never realised the difference having a guide dog would have. Since I qualified with my first dog, Khan, we have been on an amazing journey together. I have achieved things that wouldn’t have been possible without all my dogs.”

Volunteers can expect to receive a sense of satisfaction taking part in fund raising events and collections in return as well as working as part of a team that supports Guide Dogs enabling in increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people.

For people who join the fund raising team they have the opportunity to build experience for their CV.

Fund raisers also have the chance to get more involved in organising activities by joining their local committee.

Volunteer fund raisers will be supported in the role by the local Forfar group and by Guide Dogs Scotland, and be covered for out of pocket expenses.

To find out more call Emma on 0845 372 7406 or email emma.murton@guidedogs.org.uk

You can learn more about Guide Dogs and what the charity does by visiting www.guidedogsscotland.org.uk