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Pupils get a guide to dogs’ life

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Updated: 5:11 pm, May 06, 2015

YOUNGSTERS from Honeybourne First School Academy learned more about the work of guide dogs at a housing development in the village.

Staff and children were invited to the Abacot Fields development by David Wilson Homes to learn more about the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The pupils aged six and seven, learnt what it takes for a puppy to become a fully trained guide dog and the ways they can help a visually impaired person in and around the home.

Ruth Oliver, a volunteer for the charity who came along with six-month old puppy Bryony, said: “It was great to meet all the children who were really excited to see Bryony and learn about his role with people who are visually impaired.

“We talked about the dog’s training and life once they’ve been housed with their new owner and the work which the charity does within the local area.” she added.

Elaine Huntington, Honeybourne First School Academy headteacher, said: “The children found the information about training a guide dog and the work the dogs do most interesting and they thoroughly enjoyed the session, especially meeting Bryony.”

Senior sales manager for David Wilson Homes, Steve Barton said: “The golden retriever is the symbol of the David Wilson Homes brand nationally and our staff have always had a strong affinity with Guide Dogs.