We have been fundraising with UK charity the Guide Dogs since the start of 2019. With a target of raising £5,000 for our very own sponsored puppy, Ted, we are proud to announce that we have now raised a total of £6,000 for this fantastic charity!
Fundraising for the Guide Dogs
Named after our founding father, Ted Grant, we are proud to say the team here at Laughing Dog have enthusiastically dived into many challenges to fundraise and spread awareness for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. From sponsored walks and the National and Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, to getting the local community involved in knitting squares to make handmade blankets for virtual blanket auctions, we have ensured there was an activity to suit everyone, and are so pleased that so many of you have gotten involved!
Getting the local community involved in fundraising for Ted was fantastic! It allowed us to offer a new lockdown activity to our customers, helping many of them tackle their new-found free time, while raising money to aid Ted’s first year of training. 2020’s fundraising was understandably challenging, but our knitting project was embraced with so much enthusiasm, and we have you, our brilliant customers, to thank for that!
Saturday 27th April 2019
Sponsored walk/run, 8.5 miles along the beautiful River Witham!
This was a fantastic day – filled with lots of laughs and tail wags! Our Laughing Dog team got together with friends, family and four-legged friends for a stroll along the river. Then, arriving at the Malcolm arms (half-way point) for refreshments, the team hosted a terrific tombola. Half of the team then continued all the way to Witham & Blues, all then returning to the start-point together.
25th – 27th May 2019
Laughing Dog team takes on The National Three Peaks!
Seven brave members of the farm bakery team took on the Three Peaks Challenge. They had three days to climb three mountains, and did us very proud!
Laughing Dog Knits for the Guide Dogs 2020
Lynn and Sue have been busy bees. When they aren’t hard at work in the farm bakery, helping to craft our naturally tasty recipes, they have been knitting together squares to make wonderful blankets.
After being knitted with care, they were auctioned off on our social media platforms, making the paw-fect gift, especially as we headed into the colder seasons…
Keeping fit for the Guide Dog’s during lockdown!
Equalling the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats, the team at Laughing Dog walked, ran and cycled to stay fit in aid of the Guide Dogs! Check out our YouTube channel for video blogs on this journey!
Sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy’s first year means they are taken care of by a Guide Dog trained puppy walker, where their many years of training begins. Starting with basic obedience commands, such as ‘stay’, ‘sit’ and so on, and moving onto more complex lead work and recall – an area Ted was a natural in! Ted is now two, and we are really proud to have been able to support him through this experience!
A word from The Guide Dogs, UK
Jane Shelley, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager at the Guide Dogs Charity, UK says, “A huge thank you to everyone at Laughing Dog Food for their incredible fundraising for Guide Dogs over the last two years. 2020 wasn’t the year that any of us had planned, but Laughing Dog Food got super creative and still managed to fundraise for us during exceptional circumstances.
“Their funds are supporting guide dog puppy Ted through his first year to becoming a future life changer and also going towards supporting adults and children with sight loss in the region. They are a wonderful team and their camaraderie, adaptability and hard work fundraising will truly make a big difference.”
We’d like to express our huge appreciation for all the donations that our wonderful Laughing Dog food customers, friends and families have generously provided. We are over the moon to have raised a total of £6,000 thanks to everyone’s hard work and goodwill.
The Guide Dogs Charity is a cause that we are thrilled to have supported – what they do as a charity is simply awe-inspiring. Click HERE to find out more about what they do and how you can help.
Jane Shelley, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager at the Guide Dogs Charity, UK says, “A huge thank you to everyone at Laughing Dog Food for their incredible fundraising for Guide Dogs over the last two years. 2020 wasn’t the year that any of us had planned, but Laughing Dog Food got super creative and still managed to fundraise for us during exceptional circumstances.”