Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Year 8 boys at Bolton School were thrilled to meet Tilly, the trainee guide dog that they have sponsored. Sue Dearden, a Guide Dog Volunteer and puppy walker Meg Stanton brought Tilly into school to meet the boys. Sue said: “What a lovely thing to see happen and for the boys to know that their sponsorship is making such a difference to people’s lives.”
The pupils raised the sponsorship money, £2,500, through a variety of fundraising endeavours and help from family and friends and also from individual contributions. After a vote across Form groups, the name Tilly proved most popular. The boys learnt that their sponsored dog had a German Shepherd dog for a mother and a Golden Retriever for a father. Tilly has been in training with her puppy walker from 6 weeks old and will remain with Meg until she reaches 13 months when she then goes to Atherton Training Centre, otherwise known as “big school”. She will be then trained up specifically for an individual. To some extent, the dog’s temperament will determine with whom she is placed.
Tilly is the second guide dog sponsored by the Boys’ Division of Bolton School. The Girls’ Division has also sponsored three trainee guide dogs.
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