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A pair of teachers from Harleston Primary Academy have thanked their children and the community after they raised £2,025 for the Guide Dogs Association.

The school, part of the Diocese of Norwich St Benet’s Academy Trust, decided to fundraise after a talk about what it was like to be blind.

Fiona McGregor, from the town, who is registered blind, took in her guide dog, Winnie, to give the pupils a better understanding.

Fiona McGregor, with Winnie the dog, her grandson, Andrew-James, and Richard Bussien. Picture submitted by St Benet's MAT. (55299325)
Fiona McGregor, with Winnie the dog, her grandson, Andrew-James, and Richard Bussien. Picture submitted by St Benet's MAT. (55299325)

She shared her story about how she lost her sight 15 years ago and how lucky she feels to have Winnie in her life.

The grandmother to one of the school’s pupils said: “A massive thank you to the children, parents and staff for fundraising such a wonderful amount for Richard and Jill Bussien Guide Dogs Harleston and Diss fundraising group.

“I loved my visit to share my experiences with my eyesight loss. I am totally overwhelmed with the amount the children have raised. This will go a long way in a guide dog’s life and help someone like me in their journey.”

Teacher Mrs Ingram said the children of Year 1 and nursery classes were so inspired by the story they wanted to do something.

She said: “The children and parents of the classes took the time to decorate the children’s bikes and scooters and then very kindly donated more than £2,000.

“The children then displayed enormous stamina and proudly rode their bikes, completing laps of the playground.”

Another teacher, Mrs Beaumont, said the teachers were very proud of the children.

She said: “It is truly remarkable and so wonderful that we all came together for such a worthy cause and raised so much money and had great fun at the same time.

May we thank our families for their most generous donations.

“We are hoping to sponsor a guide dog with this money and will feel a sense of pride knowing that we have managed to help others.”



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