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Pupils and staff at Feltwell’s Edmund de Moundeford VC Primary School raise hundreds for Guide Dogs

Pupils and staff at a primary school have raised hundreds to support guide dogs through a number of fundraising activities including running races blindfolded.

The last few months have seen families in Feltwell and the pupils and staff of Edmund de Moundeford VC Primary School support the charity Guide Dogs - which also saw them write persuasive letters to encourage donations.

As part of an ongoing drive for diversity and inclusion, the school welcomed a visually impaired visitor and her guide dog for a day of special assemblies.

Students interacting with the visitor's guide dog.
Students interacting with the visitor's guide dog.

The visitor shared her experience of sight loss with each class and all of the pupils were able to see first-hand the work of the Guide Dogs charity.

Following this visit, children were inspired to take action. One of the classes wrote persuasive letters to encourage family and friends to sponsor them to participate in a week of specially adapted PE lessons – all of the children in the school ran blindfolded.

Students participating in the fundraising events.
Students participating in the fundraising events.

Even one of the school’s teachers, Claire Hollick-Pearce, completed a blindfolded ‘junior’ parkrun with her daughter as her guide, in an attempt to boost the fundraising efforts and spread awareness of the cause.

She said: “It wouldn’t have been possible without my guide. It shows how invaluable the support of Guide Dogs is for those with sight loss.”

The school recently held a celebratory assembly to announce the result of their fundraising efforts – they raised £679 and the representative from Guide Dogs was so impressed that she returned to the school to say thank you.

“The pupils were overjoyed to see Toby the guide dog again and were amazed at the final total raised,” a school spokesperson said.

Reporting by Beatrice Feaviour

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