Seeing the difference, a donation can make
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 research carried out at Guide Dogs, both internally and in collaboration with external organisations, helps them understand the needs of their service users as well as taking care of the dogs. Their two priority research areas are:
Canine science – to support the behaviour, health and wellbeing of their dogs.
Human behavioural sciences – to support the emotional wellbeing of their service users, and their family and friends.
So, it’s no surprise that John Mills, President of East Kent Freemasons Royal Navy lodge in Ramsgate, was so inspired by the informative talk given by Robin Evans in January 2020 on the work it takes to train a guide dog that decided at that point he wanted this to be his charity of the year.
The mission would be to use the year to raise enough funds to name a guide dog and help fund this fantastic charity. Of course, Shortly after he announced this ambition, the world was struck by the Covid pandemic and suddenly freemasonry and the world came to a sudden halt.
Despite the lack of meetings and masonic activity, John along with their charity steward Nigel Mann set about the task of raising these funds. This included members donating what would have been their normal dining fees and once lockdown measures were eased, a treasure hunt organised and executed by John.
Being able to meet again in September 2021, we were able to add some more raffles and the proceeds of a successful ladies night held in November and raise a total of £2,850.
It takes around 14 months to train a guide dog, if you wish to support this dedicated organisation, go to their website:https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/