Appeal to support Ilkley's guide dog group this Christmas


The Ilkley Guide Dogs Fundraising Group are joining 400+ groups of volunteers and four-legged fundraisers for the ’12 Guide Dogs of Christmas Collection’ to raise funds for the charity Guide Dogs.

Coming this December, the ’12 Guide Dogs of Christmas’ collection will bring everyone some much needed cheer in the form of our four-legged fundraisers from across the UK! From 1st to 12th December Guide Dogs will be featuring 12 of their amazing fundraising dogs on the ‘12 Guide Dogs of Christmas Advent Calendar’ and they’re hoping everyone will support them and the 400+ fundraising groups who haven’t been able to meet the public at collections and events much this year. They are aiming big this Christmas with the hope they can raise enough to fund 12 new life-changing guide dogs!


Anyone interested in supporting the ’12 Guide Dogs of Christmas Collection’ should go to the website www.guidedogs.org.uk/12-dogs-of-christmas where they can get involved by organising their own festive fundraiser and see the 12 Guide Dogs of Christmas Advent Calendar. With seasonal resources including Christmas e cards, virtual quiz packs with a Celebrity Sound Round and kid’s ‘Doggy in the Window’ colouring sheets for creating festive window displays at home, there are plenty of ways to join in the fun safely and virtually.


Because the Ilkley Fundraising Group can’t do its usual collections and events this Christmas, our volunteers are hoping the generous people in the local area will make a donation to this appeal instead by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ilkleyguidedogs In return, our supporters can get 12 fantastic days of dogs – not a bad reward.

Pam White, Fundraising Manager at Guide Dogs said: “Over the last few months our wonderful fundraising volunteers have been unable to get out and meet the public at collections and events with their friendly fundraising dogs who for many are the face of Guide Dogs in their local communities. Whilst it is still difficult for our fundraising groups to venture out this December, they still want to fundraise for Guide Dogs. Many of these volunteers are guide dog owners and service users who really understand and value the work Guide Dogs does for them personally and for so many across the UK.


This new collection centring around the theme of the 12 days of Christmas, brings together volunteers from Perth to Plymouth and everywhere in between to fundraise safely and showcase 12 of their gorgeous dogs in a virtual advent calendar. They are determined to raise enough to fund 12 new life-changers this Christmas and we really hope everyone will get behind them and support with donations and fundraising activities."

Our Ilkley Fundraising Group is a small, friendly and dedicated bunch and they would LOVE more people to join them! If you’re interested in knowing more about fundraising (or any other) roles, please email charlotte.walton@guidedogs.org.uk

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