Bolton College Students Boost Funds for Guide Dogs
5th March 2014
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Kind-hearted students have raised thousands of pounds for national charity, Guide Dogs.

The sensory development department at Bolton College presented a cheque to the organisation for over £5,000, following a string of fundraising events.

The money, which has been raised over the last four years, will now help to fund the training of guide dogs for blind and partially-sighted people.

Hannah Appleton, lecturer at Bolton College, said she was thrilled to be able to give the money to such a worthy cause.

She said: "We chose to support Guide Dogs four years ago, as many of the students we work with in this particular area are blind or visually-impaired themselves.

"Guide dogs give a sense of independence and stability to those with sight problems, but they are very expensive to train, so we wanted to help in any way we could."

Among the fundraising activities were annual sponsored walks, a 'blind drive,' a family fun day and a 'name the puppy' competition. Students also set up a stall in college selling donated items and homemade gifts.

Hannah added: "Everyone has worked extremely hard in raising as much money as possible year in, year out - we're all so passionate about the charity and are already thinking about what we can do next.

Our next goal is to reach £10,000 and I'm confident that we'll achieve it, as this is a cause very close to all of our hearts."

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