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Girls Fund Three Trainee Guide Dogs

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

The Girls’ Division has been supporting the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) since 2007, when Year 7 first began raising money for the charity. Now, seven years later, the girls’ combined efforts have raised enough money to sponsor their third guide dog puppy!

When the girls first started their campaign to name and sponsor a guide dog puppy, the GDBA needed a donation of £5,000. It took the original year group from Year 7 to Year 9 to raise enough money to sponsor the first puppy. The girls picked out three names for the GDBA: Hagrid, Marley, and Rolo – after an Easter Egg – which was the name the charity chose. Rolo was born in July 2009: a Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever cross. He successfully qualified in the summer of 2011 and is now working in the Hull area.

In 2011, the girls raised a further £2,500 for the GDBA and were able to name a second puppy. This coincided with the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birthday, when the Girls’ Division set a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as storybook characters – so they decided to name the new puppy after the famous author! Dickens was born in May 2012 and qualified in 2013, going on to work in the Liverpool area.

Recently, the GDBA introduced a new name-a-puppy scheme with a target of £1,500. This mean that over the last year the Girls’ Division managed to achieve the goal amount and were able to name their third puppy.

This brings the total raised so far by the Girls’ Division for the GDBA to £9,023.72 – a massive achievement for any school!

The Girls’ Division held a quiz to decide which form would have the honour of naming the new puppy. 9C won and chose the name Peanut, because one of the girls in the class always wanted a dog with this name. Peanut was born on the 12th of December 2014, and two girls from 9C were able to introduce him to the rest of the School with a photograph during morning assembly. He started his guide dog training in early February and will hopefully be able to come into School to meet some of the girls in the future.

Andrea Salt also visited the Girls’ Division assembly to talk to the girls about the difference guide dogs make. Andrea has been registered blind from the age of eighteen and received her guide dog during her second year of university. She told the girls about how it transformed her life and the great companionship that comes with having a guide dog. This gave the girls a wonderful insight into how the money they raised will help to change lives for the better.

The girls are keen to continue to support the GDBA, and are hoping to raise even more money for the charity in the future.

The Girls’ Division is the first school in the Greater Manchester area to have raised enough money to sponsor three puppies. They are closely followed by the Boys’ Division, who last year raised £5,000 to sponsor two puppies on the new scheme.

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Girls' Division pupils present their cheque to Andrea

Peanut, the latest Guide Dog sponsored by the Girls

Peanut, the latest Guide Dog sponsored by the Girls' Division

Rolo (left) and Dickens (right) when they were puppies

Rolo (left) and Dickens (right) when they were puppies