Putting all dog puns aside, Land Rover has given us all paws for thought by donating a brand-new Defender to charity Guide Dogs. Over its 80-year history, the charity has trained and bred more than 30,000 guide dogs, supporting thousands of blind and partially sighted people.
Currently, there are nearly 5000 guide dog users in the UK, with the Midlands-based charity training close to 1000 dogs per year; two of which – Landy and Jag – are now sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover themselves. Each dog costs £34,000 to train over a 24-month period, for a working life of six years.
A Pawsative Outcome
The plan for the gifted Defender is to allow more blind and partially sighted people to get out and about, enabling as much independence as possible.
‘The guide dog service receives no government funding and depends entirely upon public support including from businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover’, said Graham Kensett, head of mobility services for Guide Dogs.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing team welcomed representatives from the Guide Dogs charity while meeting Landy and Jag, before the keys to the Defender were officially handed over by plant operations director, Nigel Blenkinsopp and launch manager, Peter Gray.
Mr Gray said: “On behalf of the employees at the Solihull plant, we are hugely proud to donate this vehicle and others to such worthy causes local to us.’
You can find out more about the Guide Dogs work and how to get involved on the Guide Dogs website.