Words by Abi Scaife
Guide dog volunteers have been coming in the thousands, as the national charity has seen a huge boost in interest.
Amazing! Tell me more.
The charity Guide Dogs has had more than 4,500 people apply to volunteer.
This "record number" of applications, the charity says, came after BBC Correspondent Sean Dilley told the story of his guide dog Sammy in September 2022.
Thankfully, this boost comes after the number of people with guide dogs in the UK plummeted post Covid - mainly because the charity is in dire need of foster carers to house dogs as they are trained.
So what changed?
After journalist Sean Dilley publicly opened up about his guide dog, people were touched by their relationship.
From here, Guide Dogs has seen a huge rise in the number of people coming forward to volunteer with their charity, enabling them to provide more people in need with the aid and companionship of a guide dog.
If you want to apply to volunteer with Guide Dogs, you can do so by going to their website. If you want to give back, but can’t commit to taking care of an animal, check out March’s Volunteering Opportunities, where there’s a role for everyone.