On Tuesday July 6, staff at Notre Dame were treated to a visiting speaker from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and had the opportunity to make a donation in return for cake and quality time with three friendly staff dogs.
Thought up by business teacher Ms. Lou Sandford, our first ever Bring Your Pet to Work Day was a huge success. It’s difficult to say whether the canines or cake were most popular, but £155 was raised for the charity.
As part of the event, Ms. Emma Smith from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association delivered a live virtual presentation to staff about the wide range of services they provide, training guide dogs, companion dogs and buddy dogs for young children. She also highlighted how the public can volunteer to support the service.
Due to Covid restrictions, Ms. Smith wasn’t able to visit the college with guide dog puppies, but our Business Department is aiming to raise enough money for Notre Dame to sponsor one of our own. And staff were still able to take time out from their busy day to enjoy the company of Ziggy, Barney and Milo. Pictured above from left to right are Ms. Aine Hardcastle with dignified Ziggy, Mr. Jim Mullowney with enthusiastic Barney, and Ms. Sandford herself with handsome Milo.
After the event, Ms. Sandford said, “Thank you to the Business Department and Notre Dame College for allowing Bring a Pet to Work Day and finally, thanks to the stars of the show Ziggy, Barney and Milo. The Notre Dame staff were amazing and very generous. We all had a great day.”
If you’d like to find out more about The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, click here.