10 October 2017

Students more than double their fundraising hopes in cake sale to mark national Guide Dog week

Puppies and cakes proved a popular combination for kind-hearted students who more than doubled their fundraising hopes at a charity cake sale.
 
The reception area at the Trowbridge campus was filled with students and staff who came to support the Foundation Studies Community Action Group on Monday 9th October by buying homemade cakes and meet guide dog training recruits River, Wilbur and Cyril.
 
The students were inspired to raise money for Guide Dogs after a visit from volunteers from the Westbury and Warminster branch.
 
Chelsea Wright is chair of the Community Action Group.
 
The 15-year-old said: “We have been learning about charities and how we as students, and a college, can have an impact on the community.
 
“I really wanted to raise money for Guide Dogs as I think it is amazing how the dogs can help someone who has had their sight take away in many ways such as giving them their independence back.”
 
Students sold a range of cakes and biscuits and also organised a raffle which saw them raise an impressive £112.50 in just over an hour.
 
Foundation Studies lecturer Farida Ahmed Sheehan said: “I am so proud of my pre-16 students.
 
“They set a target of £50 so are absolutely delighted to have more than doubled that amount.
 
“It was a huge confidence building exercise for my leaners and so I would like to thank everyone at Wiltshire College who supported them.”
 
Guide Dogs volunteer Hilary Reed has been training dogs for the past 35 years and is currently training and walking five month old labradoodle, Wilbur and 16-week old German Shepherd, River, her 46th and 47th respectively.
 
She said: “As a charity we rely totally on public contribution to run our organisation and so for the students to raise such a phenomenal amount, just blew me away!
 
“We are always happy to attend clubs, schools, colleges or any group meetings and when people then raise on our behalf it has even more meaning.
 
“I would like to extend my grateful thanks for the students’ contribution on our behalf.”
 
A Guide Dogs charity box has been placed in reception and will be on site for the next couple of weeks if anyone would like to make a further donation.
 
To see more photographs from the cake sale visit our Facebook page.

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