Delight as pupils meet Bromley, the guide dog they have named

March 27 2018
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CHILDREN from Bromley Heath Infant School have taken part in a sponsored run and raised £1,800 for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.

CHILDREN from Bromley Heath Infant School have taken part in a sponsored run and raised £1,800 for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Pupils in Foundation Stage, Zebra and Giraffe classes ran twice around the school field; pupils in Year One, Penguin and Lion classes ran three times and children in Year Two ran four times.  

The event was made even more fun by a visit from three guide dogs, their owners and a member of the local fundraising team. 

Once the sponsor money had been collected and counted, Monica Cave, local charity representative, returned to the school with a retired and working guide dog to take a whole school assembly. 

She told the youngsters about the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind and how the animals are trained using whistles and treats.  

The children were surprised to see how the dogs behaved differently once their harnesses were removed and the different commands they respond to.  

School administrator Dawn Perkins said: "The children asked some very insightful questions and were amazed at the end of the assembly when Monica told them how much money they had raised for the charity - a huge £1,801.77.

"The fundraisers were so impressed with the amount that they asked the children if they would like to sponsor a guide dog puppy and choose its name. The children were thrilled at the prospect of naming a dog and the fact that they may get to see the puppy too."  

Each year group chose a name and then voted for their favourite, with the name Bromley coming out top.  

Pupils received a card with a picture of Bromley, who was born on December 26, 2017, which will be displayed in the school entrance hall. 

The school sent a huge thank you to all of the families and friends of the school who sponsored the children so generously.

"In the future we will be kept up to date with Bromley’s progress and hope to meet him once he starts his guide dog training," Dawn said.