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Luke Kendal

Guide Dogs

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My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. [/p][p]So after 11 Tough Mudders and 2 Spartan Beasts I have stepped up my game and set a personal goal to complete the 2018 London Marathon![/p][p][br][/p][p]I am running for Guide Dogs UK to help people in society who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else, I believe Guide Dogs is often an overlooked charity as in 2016 only 1% of Guide Dogs income was generated through charitable activities and well who doesn't love puppies?[/p][p]Over two million people in the UK live with sight loss. That’s around one person in 30. Of these, around 360,000 people are registered with their local authority as blind or partially sighted.[/p][p]Guide Dogs help blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services. They also campaign for the rights of those with visual impairments and invest in eye disease research.[/p][p][br][/p][p]In 2016, it cost £48.9 million to run the guide dog service.[/p][p]It costs Guide Dogs £56,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement.[/p][p]This cost is made up of the following six stages:[/p][p]Breeding a guide dog puppy £3,600[/p][p]We hand-pick the best dogs around to breed the next generation of world-class guide dogs.[/p][p]Puppy walking £5,300[/p][p]Our puppies are house trained, taught basic obedience and familiarised with our busy world.[/p][p]Early training £22,000[/p][p]New trainees learn how to guide by walking down the centre of a pavement, avoiding obstacles, stopping at the kerbs and crossing the road.[/p][p]Advanced training £10,400[/p][p]Having mastered the essentials, each dog is matched with a prospective owner and undergoes further training tailored to the owner’s specific needs.[/p][p]Partnership training £3,300[/p][p]Finally we bring dog and owner together to complete their training, forming a new life-changing partnership.[/p][p][b][u]To breed and train a guide dog costs £44,600[/u][/b][/p][p]Supporting partnerships £12,200[/p][p]Guide Dogs continues to support our dogs during their time working as a guide. This covers the cost of food, vets’ bills and ongoing training.[/p][p][b][u]Total cost from birth to retirement £56,800[/u][/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]For more information on ways you can help guide dogs click [url=https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/]here[/url].[/p][p][br][/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]Thanks for looking[/p][p]Luke[/p][p][br][/p]
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May 9, 2018

June Sharp

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2018

Alex Napier

Well done mate

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2018

Lora Taylor

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2018

Robert Hansford

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Apr 23, 2018


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Mel Phil and Grace

Good luck Luke! See you at the finish!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Andrew Robinson

Sorry only just seen that you are running the marathon. Good luck Luke ... keep the water levels up!! Andrew and Helen

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Steve wisdom

Good luck mate!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018


Good luck mate see you at the finish line


Apr 21, 2018

Wendy Baxter

Good luck for tomorrow Luke. Steve and I will be rooting for you xxxxx