Pupils donate cheque to guide dog centre

A group of pupils from the Support for Learning Department at Brechin High School formed an enterprise company this year that saw them grow and sell plants.'The company, called Cheeky Monkeys & Co, decided they wanted to raise money for charity and, as Lisa Petrie from The Guide Dog Association does mobility work with the school every week, they decided to give some of the money they raised to the Guide Dogs.'Cheeky Moneys & Co visited the Guide Dog Centre in Forfar where they got the opportunity to see guide dogs being trained and were also able to help groom them.'Whilst at the centre the group presented a cheque for �50 to Lisa.'They are, from left, back - June Bell (teacher), Shelby Smith, Jordan-Lee Fergusson and Christine Alexander (SFLA): front - Lisa Petrie (Guide Dog Association), Alicia Mackenzie, Bethany Pannell and Kayleigh Carr.

A group of pupils from the Support for Learning Department at Brechin High School formed an enterprise company this year that saw them grow and sell plants.'The company, called Cheeky Monkeys & Co, decided they wanted to raise money for charity and, as Lisa Petrie from The Guide Dog Association does mobility work with the school every week, they decided to give some of the money they raised to the Guide Dogs.'Cheeky Moneys & Co visited the Guide Dog Centre in Forfar where they got the opportunity to see guide dogs being trained and were also able to help groom them.'Whilst at the centre the group presented a cheque for �50 to Lisa.'They are, from left, back - June Bell (teacher), Shelby Smith, Jordan-Lee Fergusson and Christine Alexander (SFLA): front - Lisa Petrie (Guide Dog Association), Alicia Mackenzie, Bethany Pannell and Kayleigh Carr.

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Pupils from Brechin High School’s Support for Learning Department have donated money to The Guide Dog Association.

The pupils had formed an enterprise company earlier in the school year, which saw them grow and sell plants.

The company, which is called Cheeky Moneys and Co, decided to donate some of the money raised during the venture to the association.

The business group recently visited the Guide Dog Centre in Forfar, where they were able to see the guide dogs being trained and were able to help groom them.

During their visit, the pupils presented a cheque of £50 to the centre.

The trip was undertaken by June Bell (teacher), Shelby Smith, Jordan-Lee Fergusson, Christine Alexander (SFLA) Alicia Mackenzie, Bethany Pannell and Kayleigh Carr.

Cheeky Monkeys and Co decided to donate the money to the Guide Dog Association as Lisa Petrie, who works at the centre, does mobility work with the school every week.

The class presented her with the cheque at the end of their visit to the centre.

The Guide Dog Association opened its training school in Forfar in 2007, and since then it has provided foundation training for nearly 200 dogs per year - which takes their total to nearly 1000 since they first opened.

The centre was officially opened in 2008 by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra visited the site.

The training school was build with the latest environmental and dog care and welfare facilities.

The layout of the kennels at the cente, reflects the latest progressions in dog welfare. They were built in a ‘L’ shape, which allows the dogs to see and interact not only with other dogs, but with staff members from the facility.

The training centre also boasts indoor all-weather training facilities, as well as a purpose-designed e outdoor area featuring permanent street obstacles.

These are features essential for dogs to experience as part of their training to one day guide a blind or partially sighted person.

Once the guide dogs have completed the time in the Forfar training school, they are then moved on to Guide Dog Mobility Instructors around the country for advanced training,which will prepare them for clients’ specific needs.