STUDENTS from Stratford School took some of the strain of the ‘big New Year food shop’ by packing customers’ bags at Waitrose, in Stratford—and raised £767 towards the cost of a guide dog for the blind.
On the Saturday before the New Year, supporters of the Shakespeare’s Puppies project raised £856 to go towards a guide dog puppy; one of the 25 currently having funds raised for them in the area as part of the project.
On the Sunday it was the turn of Stratford School, which is currently raising funds for its own puppy. The team of students and staff spent the day packing bags for all the customers and were overwhelmed by their generosity.
Two of the students, Navitha Jathin and Mishael Beppin, not only raised funds at a similar bag-packing last year but also worked both the Saturday and Sunday to ensure that as much as possible was made of the fundraising opportunity at Waitrose.
Navitha is also raising funds to donate a guide dog puppy of her own. She has given up birthday and Christmas presents as well as running other fundraising events.
As a result of these and her work at Waitrose she now has the £1,500 needed to provide a new puppy and ‘Hamlet,’ named by Navitha, will soon be in training.
The Shakespeare’s Puppies Appeal is a local initiative to raise funds for Guide Dogs, by naming puppies after Shakespeare characters.
Appeal organiser Jackie Horton said: “We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from students and staff of Stratford School.
"Despite sore feet and aching backs, the bag-packers worked hard with enthusiasm and commitment to raise money for their school Guide Dogs puppy.
"Our thanks go to both the bag packers and also to Waitrose for offering us this opportunity.
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