In July 2010 Eldene Primary School decided that they would support Guide Dogs as a charity during the academic year of 2010/11, At the same time The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown also started what has now become known as the ‘Stanley Appeal’ to raise awareness of people who are blind and partially sighted as well as raise monies for the Guide Dog Association.
In September last year The Rotary Club were able to sponsor their first dog and on 17 October 2010 ‘Stanley’ was born. Since then The Club have been raising further monies from the sale of a calendar as well as the sale of ‘Stanley puppies’.
In January 2011 The Rotary Club became aware of Eldene School’s collection and decided to team up with them in sponsoring a second dog. The monies raised by the school totalled £1057 and together with the Rotary club there was enough money to sponsor a second dog. Eldene school then held a dog naming competition and the winning name was ‘ELLA’. This name was chosen by Amy Scott who together with President John Fisher presented a cheque for £5000 to Alan Fletcher and his Guide Dog ‘Joy’ in assembly at the school in February, right.
The school have also made a display in the entrance to the school which shows details of the Guide dog appeal and information about the structure and care of the eye.
The school are continuing their fund raising events in order to help the Rotary Club to sponsor a third Guide dog later this year.
Below, Alan Fletcher, chair of Swindon Guide Dogs