On Tuesday 20 March the children at Crescent School were delighted to present a cheque for £1,685 to the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Pupils have been busy fundraising for the charity since the beginning of the school year. They started with a sponsored walk round Draycote Water, with parents, children and staff walking, running, cycling and scooting laps of the reservoir, raising over £750. Next the children had a non-uniform day and a 'Guess how many dog biscuits in the jar?' challenge which took their total to over £1,000. Collection buckets at school events and a 'doggie' themed movie night helped to complete their fundraising efforts. The huge total of £1,685 allows the children to sponsor a guide dog puppy and to choose its name.

The children warmly welcomed Guide Dog representatives, Heather Gelder and Lyn Knight and their guide dogs, trainee Barny and working dog Slipper into school for a special assembly. Heather who helps to look after guide dogs in training spoke to the children about the charity and the services and support they provide. She explained how the dogs were selected and the training process they go through and most excitingly promised to bring in the school's puppy for a visit when it was old enough. The pupils really enjoyed meeting Barny, who has nearly finished his training to become a guide dog, and Slipper who is already a working dog.

The school's Parents Association, Friends of Crescent who have organised all the fundraising activities were also present and Zara Corbin, Chair of the FOC, presented the cheque to Heather on behalf of the school. Zara commented, "The children have really engaged with our fundraising for the Guide Dogs this year, they have already been busy making suggestions for the puppy's name; we have had lots of great suggestions, but the most popular choices so far are Crescent and Charlie. We can’t wait to meet the puppy when it is old enough to visit."