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Posted: 19/01/18

Four-legged fundraising begins again

Five furry friends came to visit students with their owners and walkers at West Nottinghamshire College this week, to raise awareness for a new campaign to sponsor two guide dogs.

  • (lr) Patsy Wilson, Charlotte Scothern, Chloe Barsby, Christine Neeson and Abigail Granger with dogs Pebbles and Spirit
  • Chelsea Barsby's black labrador Pebbles enjoyed the company of trainee puppy Spirit

Supported by Guide Dogs’ community fundraising development officer, Nichola Bonsall, puppies Pebbles, Spirit, Smartie, Chloe and Derby visited the college’s Students’ Union where students could come and find out more about the working life of a guide dog and how they are funded and trained.

On Thursday (18 January), sport students Patsy Wilson, Charlotte Scothern and Abigail Granger, joined other learners throughout the day to give donations and see the Labrador and Labradoodle puppies.

Puppy walker Christine Neeson and six-month-old Spirit, together with guide dog user Chelsea Barsby and her dog Pebbles, spoke to students about how the lives of visually-impaired and blind people can be transformed when a guide dog comes to live and work with them.

A total of £87.19 was raised on the day, through voluntary donations to meet the puppies. Together with £140 raised last October during a guide dog visit, the cash is going towards the £3,000 needed for the college to sponsor two guide dogs.

Last year, the college successfully sponsored a guide dog puppy called Nathan – and it’s aiming to raise over £3,000 which is needed to sponsor two more this academic year.