Cash for Guide Dogs Glasgow Mobility team

Guide Dogs Glasgow Mobility Team has been gifted £600 from a leading developer.

The cash injection from Persimmon Homes West Scotland is made from the company’s Community Champions scheme, which is a pot of £24,000 to help fund and support local clubs, groups and good causes over the next 12 months.

The charity was chosen because of its work to promote independence and mobility to blind and partially sighted people across Glasgow, and beyond. It costs Guide Dogs Scotland £5 a day to support each life changing guide dog partnerships.

Guide Dogs Scotland offer to pay for food, vet bills and cover all training costs so that the service is accessible to anyone in the local community who would benefit from a guide dog and mobility training. The lifetime cost of each partnership equates to almost £50,000.

Kyla Stratton, business development manager at Guide Dogs, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to receive a donation from Persimmon Homes. £600 will make a huge difference to someone in the local community suffering from sight loss. The donation will enable us to support a newly qualified guide dog owner for four months, including providing them with a starter pack so that they have everything they need to care for their dog.

Doug Law, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said the Community Champions scheme was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company builds new homes.

He said:

“With developments in and around Glasgow including Glenmill we felt that supporting an organisation based in Glasgow fitted perfectly with our Community Champions initiative.

“We were very impressed with Guide Dogs Glasgow Mobility Team’s application and the work that they do to assist blind and partially sighted people across the region. I know that funding can be difficult to source, so we are delighted to offer financial assistance.

The Persimmon Community Champions scheme is a national programme where clubs, groups and good causes can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.