Manchester Animal Welfare Activist Rod Bond Organises Fundraising Half-Marathon for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

On the occasion of the Manchester Guide Dogs for the Blind Association half-marathon organised by Rod Bond, in this instalment, we take a closer look at the work this vital charity and its dogs carry out. With 4,500 of its dogs supporting blind and partially sighted people across the UK, the charity breeds around 1,300 puppies a year to carry out its work. The charity’s National Breeding Centre based just outside Leamington Spa has the capacity to breed 1,500 puppies per year. Since its inception in 2011, the National Breeding Centre has bred almost 11,000 puppies. The charity also operates four guide dog training schools across the UK, in Atherton, Redbridge, Forfar and Leamington, where a total of 1,000 dogs a year are trained to provide assistance to the blind and partially sighted.

Manchester Activist Rod Bond’s Support for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Rod Bond is leading a swathe of local businesses, charities and celebrities in the half-marathon which is seeking to raise millions of pounds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The activist has spoken of being moved by the charity’s work and the extent to which a guide dog can help a blind or partially sighted person. As a pet lover and dog owner, Rod Bond has visited and worked with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s training school based in Atherton, Manchester. “After a family visit to the Association’s guide dog training centre in Atherton, I was moved by the efforts of a predominantly volunteer workforce and the dedication showed by the dogs themselves,” said Rod Bond.

The Manchester half-marathon in support of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association takes place next weekend!