The Guide Dogs Association

Wed 17th February 2021 at 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Lindsey Rowlands expanded on the help given by our four-legged friends.

Lindsey Rowlands made a presentation about Guide Dogs Association and in particular her dog Leyland.

Leyland is so named because she is sponsored by Waitrose Leyland at a cost of £2500.

Lindsey explained that Leyland had given her back her independence, and had been a life changer.


Despite the devastation caused by sight loss, 70% of adults receive no support within the first 12 months of diagnosis, and are likely to encounter poor education, high unemployment, depression, loneliness and financial insecurity throughout their lifetime.

The rise in the UK’s elderly population continues to impact social care. With shortages in funding, local authorities have prioritised the services they provide, leaving the third sector under great pressure to plug gaps.

Childhood sight loss is on the increase. There are around 35,000 children and young people living with a vision impairment in the UK. Some 80% of a child’s learning takes place using vision, and every day they go without support can affect their development.

The Guide Dog Association says that the public does not find their charitable cause as engaging as other causes.

People fail to relate to the issue and consequently they need to work much harder to build emotional connections with the public.