This week is National #GuideDogWeek and we wanted to give you a good news story about another service we are both involved in. The Disability Equipment Service is owned by Dave, co-run with Vicky and supported by a small group of friends. Recently the Disability Equipment Service was proud to be able to donate £5000 to Guide Dogs in order to sponsor and name a Guide Dog puppy.
Des (an abbreviation of the Disability Equipment Service) was our chosen and Guide Dog approved name and we recently received our first photo of him as well as a certificate providing us with more information.
Des was born on the 20th July 2017. In this photo he’s about 7 weeks old – with a very cute furry face and big dark eyes. The accompanying certificate informs us that he is a Golden Retriever, who has 7 siblings. It made us smile that one of his brothers is called Sid, the abbreviated name of the charity where DES, the Disability Equipment Service, first started out.
To quote from the letter we received from Guide Dogs
“This is the beginning of a very exciting journey for Des. For now he is an uncoordinated bundle of fluff, but over the next few weeks and months we look forward to sharing the beginnings of his transformation into a responsible guide dog with you.”
So, how was the money raised?
The Disability Equipment Service is a simple to use, bespoke website that enables organisations and members of the public to sell their disability equipment and enables others, who may not be able to afford to buy new equipment, an opportunity to buy a used item of equipment at an affordable price.
The website is free to use by both members of the public and organisations. We can only do this by keeping our expenditure to a minimum and also from the generosity of people donating unwanted, good condition, equipment to us or from people giving us donations for using the service (not compulsory but much appreciated).
Items that are donated are cleaned, repaired if necessary and then sold at a competitive price. We put aside 25% of all proceeds and it is this money that has enabled us to donate £5000 to Guide Dogs and sponsor a guide dog puppy.
Why did we choose Guide Dogs?
As well as just being a great charity, it also has a personal connection in that Dave, who is registered blind, used to have a guide dog himself. Sadly Errol, a black German Shepherd x Golden Retriever, had to be put to sleep on 22 June 2017 following a sudden diagnosis of terminal cancer. It is this connection with Guide Dogs that made us choose them as our nominated charity.
We are now starting again and aim to raise a further £5000 to name our second puppy. We are hoping to name this one Errol in memory of Dave’s lovely guide dog.
How else can you help?
As well as using the website itself, please help us share this good news story, support Guide Dogs and enable more people to benefit from the Disability Equipment Service website by following us on Facebook (/disabilityequipmentservice) and Twitter (@DESwebsite), telling friends and family about it and promoting the service where possible. We have postcards and posters and are also happy to write articles for local magazines and publications, so if you can help please get in touch with us via our website www.disabilityequipmentservice.co.uk/contact or via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who has donated equipment to the Disability Equipment Service and also helped in any way to spread the word about it. Without your support we wouldn’t be in the position to have made such a substantial donation to Guide Dogs.
To find out more about all the services Guide Dogs provide, please visit their website – http://www.guidedogs.org.uk
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Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.