Guide Dogs Scotland is challenging local people to host a children’s-themed party to raise funds to benefit people who are blind and partially sighted.
Fund-raisers are being asked to channel their inner child with favourite party games such as Musical Chairs and Pass the Parcel, as well as to let their imaginations go with fancy dress themes such as childhood heroes or ‘Back to School’
Those taking part could be asked for a donation to Guide Dogs Scotland by paying a small entry fee for the event, which could be held in venues as diverse as at home, at work, at a social club or school.
A Guide Dogs Scotland spokesman said: “We always talk about Christmas being a time for giving and by organising a party, and having fun, you can help give someone the gift of independence.
“That’s something you can’t put a price on.”
Guide Dogs Scotland receives no government funding for its core service so relies entirely on public donations.
Without the time and effort given by volunteers and supporters, the organisation would not be able to fund its vital services and develop new ways to bring mobility and independence to people who are blind and partially sighted.
Each guide dog costs around £50,000; £1,900 to breed a guide dog puppy, £5,100 for puppy walking, £15,400 for early training, advanced training accounts for £9,300 while it costs £3,200 for partnership training after a dog has been paired with an owner. To give continuous support to that partnership costs a further £13,000.
Guide Dogs Scotland has also laid down a ‘Give it Up’ Christmas challenge, where fund-raisers are being asked to take sponsorship for giving up anything they enjoy over the Christmas period, from chocolate to alcohol or cakes.
For more information about Guide Dogs, to arrange an event and find out about other fund-raising ideas, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/fundraiseforus and download a fund-raising pack.