The appeal, which runs from 1 to 7 October to coincide with Guide Dog Week, asks people, schools, groups, clubs and businesses to raise £5,000 to name guide puppies. Each supporter will receive a birth certificate, which includes a photo of the puppy at six weeks old. They will also be able to follow their named puppy's progress through the first year of training. The picture is also available as a framed print. Supporters will also receive mailed-out 'pupdates' on their pooch's progress. Where possible, sponsors will be able to meet their chosen pups.
Just Giving has launched a site - www.justgiving.com/smokefree - to allow smokers who are trying to kick the habit to collect sponsorship for charity from friends and family. The launch coincides with The Big Quit - a campaign supported by the NHS and promoted by adverts on local commercial radio stations throughout England. The campaign began on 24 September and will run until 22 October.
Bobath Children's Therapy Centre in Wales is calling for cyclists to join its 2008 cycle challenge - 254 miles from Holyhead to Cardiff Bay between 15 and 20 April next year. Participants need to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship to take part.
NCH, the children's charity, is holding its 10th annual Byte Night - a fundraising event in which executives from the IT industry take part in a sponsored sleep-out - on 5 October. Byte Night started with 35 sleepers in 1998; this year, 300 will take part in the event.