Students from The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College raised over £1800 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charity was chosen to be supported by students of St. Anne Line house in the previous school year.

Many events took place such as a Coffee Morning, Throwing Wet sponges at the Teachers, Football Tournament, Bake sales, and various other activities.

Mr. Neil Griffiths, a first time Guide Dog owner, arrived at school with his furry companion, Hayley on Wednesday 19th September to meet the House Captains of the previous and current school year and some Year 9 representatives.

Hayley, a 3 year old Golden Labrador cross, has been a working companion to Neil for just over a year.

They were also accompanied by Mrs. Val Cook, treasurer of the Teesside branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind to collect a cheque for £1849.12 surpassing the student’s target of £1500.

Val was overjoyed at the effort shown and said: “Thanks for choosing us as your charity to support, we really appreciate it.”

“To set a large fundraising target and to then beat it by over £300 is a great achievement.”

“The school can now choose to name a puppy and sponsor 3 puppies through the graduation scheme and watch their development as they grow and learn to be fully trained Guide Dogs.”

Mrs. Rebecca Corcoran and Mr. Glenn McLintock who were House Leaders for St. Anne Line house over the previous year said: “The students have been a credit to themselves and the school.”

“They’ve worked really hard to smash the target we set and they all should be extremely proud.”

“We’ve decided to name our puppy ‘Anne’ after our house martyr.”