Pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield met Flora the guide dog when they handed over a £1,100 cheque to the charity which trained and supports her.
During an assembly the school learned about the benefits a guide dog can bring from Flora’s owner Carol Trigg. Carol, from Burntwood in Staffordshire lost her sight less than a decade ago.
“This is a phenomenal amount for a small school to raise and we are very grateful,” she said. “Guide Dogs the charity meets the full cost of a dog, its training and also all of its food and veterinary fees throughout its working life, so donations like this are really important to keep dogs with their owners and to train new ones.
“Flora has been life changing for me. When you lose your sight it’s so easy just to stay at home, but having a guide dog has enabled me to regain the freedom that I’d always had. What I didn’t realise before Flora is that I’d need to allow so much extra time for any journey. People won’t speak to a white stick, but everyone wants to speak to a guide dog.”
Pupils Hannah McCormack, aged 12 from Coventry, and Cleeve Poxon, aged 11 from Cannock, presented the cheque to Carol Trigg and her husband Terry. Hannah told the couple how local businesses and parents had supported the fundraising with a raffle at the school’s open day in June.
PR by Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham