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Raising the woof: Guide Dogs lead the way


Beaudesert Park School’s annual charity fair has raised a total of £10,000 for Guide Dogs, allowing them to name a puppy as a school. 

The fair, which runs every year in October, has raised over £110,000 for local and international charities over the last 15 years.

The charity shopping event featured over 50 local and independent businesses, and was sponsored by Linbury Doctors, Cocoon Care, Oliver’s Travels and Stroud Farm Services.

Guide Dogs helps the two million people in the UK living with sight loss live actively and independently. 

Miles Northwood, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager for Guide Dogs, visited the school before and after the fair to thank the children and their families for their support. He was joined by Sheila and guide dog Lexi, Michael and Wendy Kelly and their dogs Nicky and Danny, and puppy trainers Lynsey and Nigel Willis, and their 5 month old puppy in training, Zamba. 

The money raised at the fair will go towards providing life-changing services for the 250 people who lose their sight in the UK every day. 

Headmaster, Chris Searson said: “We are delighted to have raised another significant amount for Guide Dogs. We hope it will support the invaluable work they do, helping thousands of blind and partially sighted people.”

The school will be running a competition for the children to name the puppy, which has not been born yet. 

Miles Northwood, from Guide Dogs, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Beaudesert Park School for this fantastic donation and choosing to support us as a charity. 

“It costs approximately £54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and Guide Dogs relies almost entirely on donations to keep its life-changing services running.

“We’re excited to meet the new puppy soon.”

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