Pupils from Dronfield raise cash to name guide dog puppy

Pupils at at Henery Fanshaw School in Dronfield raise money to name a new guide dog puppy
Pupils at at Henery Fanshaw School in Dronfield raise money to name a new guide dog puppy
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Schoolchildren from Dronfield who raised money for a charity have named a future trainee guide dog puppy.

Pupils at Dronfield Henry Fanshaw School collected £2,000 by holding a non-uniform day which they have donated to the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

As a way of thanking them, the charity allowed the youngsters to name a new guide dog puppy.

And the name they chose was Phoenix – which will be given to a new puppy when it is born.

The pupils will also be able to follow the puppy’s progress and meet it when it visits the school.

Youngsters handed over the money to the charity when Sue Mason, who used to work at the school, visited with her trainee guide dog puppy, Betty.

Sue, from Dronfield, started volunteering as a guide dog puppy walker when she retired as the headteacher’s personal assistant.

She said: “The school held a non-uniform day.

“Pupils had to raise £1,500 which would enable them to name a puppy.

“They amassed £2,000 so for that they are able to name a puppy and are going to follow a class of three puppies through to when they become fully fledged guide dogs.

“They had picked three names for male and female dogs – but decided on Phoenix because it would suit both.”

Sue added: “The school does a lot of fundraising for charity and has raised money for various charities before, but this is the first time for Guide Dogs for the Blind.”