With spring on the horizon, the organising team at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials has stepped up the pace
in preparation for this year’s event, 6 – 9 June.
Each year the event supports a nominated charity and through the generosity of competitors, officials, volunteers and visitors, raise vital funds to help further their cause. For 2019, the team is proud to announce The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as its partner charity.
Guide Dogs for the Blind will be on site for the duration of Bramham with a prime location in the 120-strong tradestand village. Visitors can meet some established partnerships – plus perhaps some pups in training – and learn more about the work of this treasured national charity whilst supporting them with a welcomed donation.
With over 360,000 people in the UK registered blind or partially sighted and the total rising by one every hour, Guide Dogs for the Blind provides a range of services, including Guide Dogs, to ensure that people living with a visual impairment can lead full and independent lives. Currently, Guide Dogs has 5000 partnerships but there’s around 750 people on a wait list, so they need help to bring on further dogs.
In Leeds and the surrounding areas, Guide Dogs supports around 170 partnerships and train approximately 40 new guide does each year. Each partnership costs £56,000 and they receive very little government funding so Bramham is delighted to be a part of the 2019 fund raising activities.
Local Guide Dog owner Helen, from Wetherby, explains how Yuppi transformed not only her life, but her family’s too; “When I lost my sight four years ago, I felt lost. I lost my independence, my confidence and my sense of adventure. My life was put on pause. I continued to care for my children and get by day-to-day, but I stopped enjoying my life. Then I met and was matched with Yuppi.
“We trained, qualified and became a partnership. With Yuppi by my side, I can adventure again; I can do anything! He’s given my children back their real mum and he’s given me my life back. Thank you Guide Dogs for the Blind.”
Bramham Event Director Nicholas Pritchard commented; “We’re delighted to be working with Guide Dogs this year. Last year, we topped £100,000 raised in eight years of supporting a partner and hope that we, and our loyal crowd of around 50,000 supporters, can help raise a significant amount to help Guide Dogs. It’d be amazing if we could say that Bramham helped to fund a partnership so we’re calling on everyone to be extra generous this year.”