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Fundraising for Guide Dogs

October 8, 2019

This year’s nominated charity for House fundraising is Guide Dogs for the Blind…

Our whole school assembly on Monday this week was somewhat unusual as we were joined by some four-legged visitors.  India, a guide dog puppy-in-training was accompanied by her puppy-walker / trainer Iris Chapple, (Iris has been puppy walking for 35 years!)  and Robyn, a working guide-dog brought along his owner Alistair Blackmore who has sight-loss.

Iris and Alistair explained the importance and role of the Guide Dogs and how they could make a huge difference to the life of someone who has sight-loss or visual impairment. The children were very happy to meet the dogs after the assembly!

The assembly was used to launch our House fundraising for this year and the Houses will all be working together to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Each House will hold a separate event spread out across the year and then in the early summer term the whole school will come together for our main fundraising event.

In addition, we have set up a Just Giving page which can be used to make direct donations to the charity (this can be accessed via the link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theparkschool or via the school Facebook and Twitter accounts).  There will also be a collection pot in reception for any spare change you may wish to give.

Our target this year is an ambitious one – but my hope is that by focusing on just one charity across the whole year we can achieve it.   To raise, train and support a guide dog throughout its life costs an average of £57,000.  Our target is to raise £1500.  If we achieve this we get the privilege of naming a guide dog puppy and will receive a birth certificate, photographs and ‘pupdates’ so that we can witness how our named puppy is progressing through training.

I hope everyone will get involved and help us to make a difference.

 

Mrs Richards
Head of Houses