Star faces busy week

IT'S a busy week for guide dog puppy Star - who is out and about visiting people raising funds for her training.

IT'S a busy week for guide dog puppy Star - who is out and about visiting people raising funds for her training.

More and more people are coming forward with fundraising ideas and organising events, and we still need more to get involved to reach the £10,000 target for the Evening Star's Christmas appeal.

This week the 13-week-old pup has visited members of the 6th Ipswich Boys' Brigade junior and anchor sections at Alan Road Methodist Church in Ipswich, and also pupils at Rosehill Primary School, Ipswich, to take part in an assembly about the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The Boys' Brigade youngsters brought along a mountain of items for the Guide Dogs Treasure Box, including old coins, keys, jewellery, unwanted mobile phones and spent ink jet cartridges and toners.

Today Star is taking part in the launch of a new dog grooming parlour at Otley College - with £1 from every customer going to the appeal fund - and on Friday is joining a singathon at an Ipswich youth group.

Next week she has the honour of switching on the lights of the Evening Star Christmas tree in Tower Ramparts in Ipswich.

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Star recently opened the Kingsfleet Craft Club's craft fair at Kingsfleet Primary School in Old Felixstowe.

The event raised £400 for the club, of which ten per cent was given to the appeal. Along with money raised on the Guide Dogs stand, this meant a further £100 for the pup's training fund.

“It's so lovely meeting so many different people - and everyone wants to see Star and makes such a fuss of her,” said puppy walker Penny Parker, of the East and Mid Suffolk fundraising group of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and who is looking after little Star for her first year.

“As well as the fundraising, it is a chance to get across the serious side of the work we do and talk to people about the importance of guide dogs and how they work with blind and visually-impaired people.”

Has your family been helped by the Guide Dogs - tell us your stories about this amazing charity: write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

HOW TO GET INVOLVED . . .

The aim is to raise £10,000 to help with the cost of Star's training - and we want the whole community to get involved with the appeal.

Every penny and pound will count and ensure that the little puppy get the best care and training as she is prepared to do the job of guiding someone who lives every day of their lives with the blight of blindness.

If you are organising a fundraising event for the appeal, then we want to hear so we can give it maximum publicity and help boost the amount raised.

So let us know what you are up to - get in touch with Richard Cornwell at the Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109 or the Ipswich Newsdesk on 01473 324788.

To donate to the appeal, please send cheques - made payable to the Guide Dogs - to Richard Cornwell, Evening Star, 172 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DU.

Copper coins for the appeal can also be dropped off at the Ipswich or Felixstowe offices.