Guide Dogs get a helping hand from youngsters

Scarborough Blind Society is presented with a cheque from St Augustines school.Society Members thank the pupils.Picture Richard Ponter 140401a

Scarborough Blind Society is presented with a cheque from St Augustines school.Society Members thank the pupils.Picture Richard Ponter 140401a

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Pupils at St Augustine’s School have presented a cheque for £300 to representatives from the Guide Dogs charity.

The funds were raised at a non-uniform day following a presentation about guide dogs during a school assembly. The school is now part of the “Sponsor a Puppy” scheme, which means that students will be able to follow three puppies on their training journey and find out more about how their donation is used. Teacher Oliver Barron said: “When the dogs were brought into assembly, the kids thought they were amazing. We had a great reaction from the visit and wanted to do something to help.” Ann Nowacki, branch organiser for Guide Dogs, said: “If a school raises £300 it takes them on an amazing journey. They sponsor three puppies and can follow every stage of their training and their life. Every three months, they get an update on how their puppies are doing. It’s a great help as we need £50,000 for every guide dog.”