Students at a bake sale standing in front of a table of cakes

Students raise money for the Name a Guide Dog Puppy Fundraising Challenge

Our White Lodge students have been raising money over the past few months for Guide Dogs, a charity that provides life-changing support, skills and dogs to people living with sight loss in the UK. The students’ target was to raise £2500 through both individual and group fundraising activities. We are proud that they have now surpassed their target and raised over £2580 plus £200 gift aid for the charity.

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs was founded in 1931 and is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. They aim to provide every person with sight loss with the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full. Every day, around 250 people in the UK begin to lose their sight and it is through fundraising and donations that Guide Dogs can support those who need it.

Fundraising activities

Students have been busy organising events and activities to raise money for their cause. They held a bake sale, making some delicious treats to be sold which raised just over £400. There was a pop-up jumble sale which raised over £100, with all left-over items donated to local charity shops. Gift bags from the House of Dorchester Chocolate Factory were also sold at White Lodge. Students took on individual fundraising challenges, like helping in the family coffee roasting business, taking on extra chores at home including dog walking, teaching others to play musical instruments, playing the piano for dance classes, selling pies, and even being sponsored to be a hermit!

Reaching their target

Having reached their fundraising target, the students could decide on a name for their Guide Dog puppy. They unanimously chose the name Darcey! Once the new puppy is born, the students will be able to follow its early training stages and receive a visit from the puppy when it is old enough.

Thank you for your support

We would like to thank the staff at both White Lodge and Upper School for their support, as well as all the families, friends and supporters of the School who helped us to surpass the target.