Pawsome visit leads to awareness fur charity

The Southend branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind visited the Southend Campus to raise awareness of the charity and introduce students and staff to some of the amazing dogs and their handlers.

The Higher Education department donated £500 as part of ‘HE Students in the Community’ project. The project aims to inform students of volunteering opportunities in the local area and provide them with new experiences. The dogs were there to enhance the wellbeing of students whilst introducing them to the variety of volunteering opportunities available at Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

Nigel Sim from the charity said: “Our goal is to raise awareness and funds for this wonderful charity and it is great that we can also help students with their coursework.”

Volunteer, Polly, has had her guide dog, Una, for four years, she said: “I went blind very rapidly and completely lost my confidence and became a recluse. After 17 months I got Una and she changed my life, in fact she gave me back my life.”

It costs around £56,000 to train and maintain a guide dog from birth to retirement.  

The event was a great success with more than 150 students and staff attending throughout the day.