Head runs to help guide dogs

Just Regional
Apr 28, 2023 2 mins read

Drayton Junior School head Alison Read has completed a special run to raise money for Guide Dogs.

Alison completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon in two hours 14 minutes, raising more than £200 for the charity.

“Last year I was fortunate enough to meet guide dog Maci and guide dog puppy Barnabee when Norwich Guide Dogs visited Drayton Juniors,” she said.

“It was amazing to hear from Maci’s owner about the crucial role that Maci plays in her life and hear all about Barnabee’s training.

“I said at the time that I would really like to raise funds for the charity, so here I am!

“With a close friend experiencing sight loss, I know just how important staying independent is, and if the money raised can go towards someone having their very own Maci then that will be worth 13.1 painful miles.”

Annette Smart, Norwich Guide Dogs fundraising co-ordinator, said: “It is very rewarding to know that our talks in schools lead to vital fundraising for Guide Dogs.

“It all started when one of the school’s pupils met Maci in a local supermarket. He then asked the school if Maci could visit.

“I think Maci may be organising a ‘thank-you’ visit for Alison and the children will be surprised to learn what the school head did in the Easter break!”

Alison has previously run with a visually impaired person as a guide, allowing him to enjoy running.

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