Thursday, 18 March 2010

Im back!!!

Hello Everyone

We are back I have been meaning to update my blog for so long now but has never got round to it after being so busy we thought we had to sit down and tell you what we have done over the past few months.

In January after we did the talk to Pupils at St Pauls School in Milton Keynes they had guide dogs as their advent charity and they did lots of different activities to raise money for the branch and on Monday 15th March A Puppy Walker and his puppy and myself and Pearce went back to the school to accept a cheque for a massive £3000 we were gob smacked and couldnt believe how well they had done!

On March 6th Pearce was 3 Years old time has flown by he has now spent two birthdays with me I just cant believe it really but I cant live without him now everybody loves him and he is just so adorable and so laid back and so we took him for a walk up the woods he had fun with water and sticks and all sorts.

Then on 16th March me and Pearce did another talk to Loughton Manor First School in Milton Keynes and the children loved Pearce and he was just so good until I bought out the Guide Dog Andrex pup he wanted to play with it and all the children started laughing, I couldnt get it off him, he did clam down in the end and I showed the children the harness and explained about guide dogs and they asked lots of interesting questions too so a successful few months with the talks which I really enjoy.

I was officially made Branch Organiser on 23rd February 2010 after our former one had to step down as she had taken on too much, so now its up to me to organise different events for us to go to and to manage a branch of volunteers! We did a collection at Tesco on 26th and 27th Feb 2010 and raised £1009.86 in total another amazing amount!

We have a few more events lined up too for the year ahead and I have written a letter which is to go out to all supermarkets in the area to see if we can get collections at the stores and I am sure more talks will be coming up now that I have been on a speaker training course and in June me and Pearce have been invited to go along to a Pets Thanksgiving Service at a Church in Bedford.

Me and Pearce are getting along fine together and are now a partnership, I hope to be back more regularly and I do enjoy reading other people's blogs too.

Hope your all well

Friday, 29 January 2010

Monday's talk

I am back to let you all know how my talk went to the Pre school children who were only 3 and 4 year olds.

I have to say they were all very good indeed and throughly enjoyed our visit. We first showed them braille alphabet sheets which they were really fascinated by and they apparently went home excited to tell parents what they had been given, they were also able to try out my long cane which some children did and enjoyed trying it out and having a go to see how it is like to be visually impaired. We then went onto the guide dogs and I just said a little about pearce and did a demo which he did very well including showing me the way out lol! and then the puppy walker spoke a little about his role as a puppy walker and then it was time for them to be able to stroke the dogs and even some children who were scared came and touched and stroked Pearce even though the little pup was still to exuberant for some children, they both enjoyed all the fuss they were given. Afterwards we said our good byes and the lady kindly wrote an evidence letter for me to show that I had done the talk and how it had benefited both staff and children.

Also went round a friend's house this evening and enjoyed a cup of aero hot chocolate and a chat while her dog and Pearce played silly games together.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Another Talk on Monday

Hello Again I have not been blogging since Christmas I cant believe it I just really havent got round to it but I thought now would be a really good idea as I am doing another school talk on Monday Morning to a Pre School sounds interesting.

I have to talk about braille books and how we read as visually impaired people and also I have to talk about the long cane and then the guide dogs and we are also having a guide dog puppy in training come along so alot to go in to these little children but we will just have to make it short and sweet, if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

I am really looking forward to it and I am sure Pearce will enjoy all the fuss and attention he will be getting.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I will let you all know how it goes when I get another chance to do another post.

For now have a lovely weekend, Pearce is fast asleep after a good free run in the woods