Hayesdown First School

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Dog agility fundraising

Posted on: 8th July 2024

On Friday, children at Hayesdown First School raised £250 for local charity Dogs for Health by completing an exciting dog agility course. The pupils enthusiastically came to school in face paints and dog ears to support their school dog, Nero, who is part of the charity, which provides therapeutic support dogs for groups within the local community.  

Nero visits Hayesdown First School every week and the children take him for walks, read to him and enjoy spending time with him as he visits their classrooms. “We love Nero, he’s really friendly and I feel happy when I see him. His fur is really soft when you stroke him.” said a Year 1 pupil.  

Dogs for Health is a charity and Nero’s visits are free of charge, however the children wanted to give back to the charity so more people in the local area can benefit from visits which support wellbeing and mental health. The school council decided on a dog agility course that all the children took part in, running through hoops, along benches, under nets, through a slalom and a tunnel.  

Headteacher, Julia Battersby, handed over the donation to charity representatives Lisa and Stuart, alongside Nero and Brodie, who had enjoyed joining in with the children. “We are delighted to be able to support the Dogs For Health charity in this way. We know how important it is for children to be happy and healthy, and Nero supports their wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety. This was a fun way for the children to raise money and say thank you. Our children love the weekly visits from Nero, he is a very popular member of our school.”