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Girls Sponsor Second Guide Dog Puppy

Friday, 11 November 2011

Bolton School Girls' Division handed over a cheque for £2500 to the Guide Dog for the Blind Association, enabling them to sponsor and name their second guide dog puppy.

Girls and staff took part in many fundraising activities to raise the money including various sweet sales, guide dogs visiting school and pupils giving donations to stroke them, and collecting old ink cartridges and mobile phones. Miss Wilson took part in the Manchester 10K, Mrs O'Kelly took part in a sponsored dog walk 'Go Walkies', and Head of Girls' Division Sixth Form, Mr King, ran the Liverpool Marathon.

Guide dog owner Toni Forrest, received the cheque on behalf of the GDBA in the girls' assembly. The School has already raised money for one dog - Rolo, thanks to years of fundraising. Having reached the £2,500 target to sponsor a second dog, girls will now put forward suggested names for the puppy which will be sent to Guide Dogs to decide. In return for their donation the girls will get to follow their puppy on the first year as a guide-dog-in-training. They will receive a birth certificate, progress reports on training, photos from birth right through to a quality framed photograph of their dog in harness ready to go on to further training at 12-14 months, and of course they will get to meet their puppy!

Guide Dogs breed and train over 1,200 puppies a year and the money raised by the girls helps to support this as the service receives no government funding. It costs over £5000 to breed and puppy-walk each guide dog puppy and this is just the beginning - in total it costs over £40,000 to breed, train and support a single guide dog partnership.

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Guide Dog cheque handover

Headmistress, Miss Sue Hincks, hands over the cheque to GDBA representative Toni and her dog William (L-R Miss Hincks, Toni Forrest, Miss Wilson and Miss Pealing)