Sunderland kids help celebrate Guide Dogs’ charity birthday

Peter Carling and his guide dog Willow with pupils at St. Cuthberts RC Primary School, Grindon lane, Sunderland where 80 children have had their faces painted as dogs to mark 80 years of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Peter Carling and his guide dog Willow with pupils at St. Cuthberts RC Primary School, Grindon lane, Sunderland where 80 children have had their faces painted as dogs to mark 80 years of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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PUPILS helped Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrate their 80th birthday in colourful fashion.

 The charity joined forces with children from St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Grindon Lane, Sunderland, for an afternoon of fun to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Peter Carling and his guide dog Willow with pupils at St. Cuthberts RC Primary School, Grindon Lane, Sunderland where 80 children have had their faces painted as dogs to mark 80 years of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Pictured with Peter and Willow are his children Zak and Mollie, both pupils at the school.

Peter Carling and his guide dog Willow with pupils at St. Cuthberts RC Primary School, Grindon Lane, Sunderland where 80 children have had their faces painted as dogs to mark 80 years of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Pictured with Peter and Willow are his children Zak and Mollie, both pupils at the school.

 The youngsters had a non-uniform day and donated money to Guide Dogs for the Blind, while 80 pupils had their faces painted as dogs.

 Claire Devine, North East co-ordinator for the charity, said: “Over the last 80 years we have helped thousands of people.

 “Our service gives people the chance to get out and about as it’s estimated that across the country 180,000 visually-impaired people don’t ever actually leave their own home.”

 Headteacher Jane Ward said: “One of our parents actually uses a guide dog themselves and this is what gave us the idea originally.”

 “We thought it would be really good to get involved and would help us engage with the community around us.”