Student Relaxation Event – Guide Dogs for the Blind Visit to School of Physics & Astronomy

Mindful of the fact that the end of year exams can be a very stressful time for our students, we were keen to offer additional support to them, and the chance for them to relax during this period.

“You've put smiles on a lots of people's faces today...”

We therefore invited the Guide Dogs for the Blind to visit the School on Wednesday 24th May. Six volunteer handlers arrived on a warm afternoon with their friendly guide dogs and gave an informal chat about their day to day experiences from puppy walking to fundraising/volunteering opportunities and information on the organisation itself. Bobbie the golden Labrador and Pip the Golden Retriever/German Shepherd cross breed were a huge hit with the students.

The event was a huge success with over 100 students attending. Students were able to de-stress and have some “hands on” time with the dogs. Feedback was very positive, enthusiastic and complementary, with students commenting: 

”I really believe in this initiative and I am very proud that our School supports it: thank you for the time and effort in organising it...” 

Staff from the Guide Dogs for the Blind commented on how enjoyable the visit had been for them and the dogs, and they would be keen to come back to the School for a similar event next year.

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