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Almost £600 was raised when more than 100 students bought cupcakes to enable them to spend time with four visiting guide dogs.

 Cupcakes for Guide Dogs was organised by Year 13 students Paige Beacham and Jas Davies.

"We saw a similar event on Facebook which was held at the university and saw how many people went to it so we decided to do something similar here,"  explained Paige, who was part of the team who organised the fundraiser for the family of Marshall Arnott in July.

"Around 100 students came in to meet the dogs and spend time with them and their owners and we raised £578.67 for Guide Dogs."

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Trudy Sherwood brought in Connie, Judith Walling had Flynn - a six-month-old puppy - Pat Reed was accompanied by Ivy who is retired and Lynn Moore brought in Betty, a 10-month old puppy. 

Vice principal Mrs Beacham said: "This event was a huge success. It was so wonderful to see the students interacting with the dogs and their handlers and taking a really keen interest in this life-changing charity.

"The students had such a positive experience at the same time as raising much-needed funds for Guide Dogs."

The lifetime cost of a guide dog is over £56,000 and the charity relies almost entirely on public donations - Guide Dogs trains over 800 dogs with blind or partially-sighted owners each year.

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"We really enjoyed working with the College on this event and we are ever so grateful to the students who came along and donated," said Krissie Isaac, Community Fundraising Officer for the charity.

"The funds we raised will make such a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

"It was a great experience for the dogs as well, some of which were in the puppy-walking stage of their training.

"The event gave them chance to get used to a new environment and meeting lots of people."

 Fundraising a big part of life at Stoke Damerel and the Sixth form student council meets each year to decide on  two charities to support.

"It's a good thing to do and it makes you feel part of your community," said Jas.

"It makes you feel good to think you’re doing something to help people."

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