Year 7 raise over £3,000 for Canine Partners - Portsmouth High School

Year 7 raise over £3,000 for Canine Partners

This week Portsmouth High School were delighted to present a cheque for £3352 to charity, Canine Partners, after magnificent fund raising efforts by Year 7 pupils.

Canine Partners is a UK charity transforming the lives of people living with disabilities, by training assistance dogs.

Previously, in March, the school had welcomed Canine Partners, with Penny the assistance dog, and heard about the duties these dogs perform for their humans. The pupils learnt how the dogs can pay for shopping with contactless payments and take money from an ATM with their mouths. Highly trained assistance dogs can also open and close doors, help to load and unload a washing machine and press the button for a pedestrian crossing or a lift.

Year 7 pupils then took on the challenge to raise money for the charity. They went to great lengths to raise as much as they could.

  • Thea cycled the 20km circuit of Portsea Island every day for five days over Easter and raised a staggering £1600
  • Sia completed a half marathon and raised £391
  • Daisy completed a sponsored Park Run as well as holding a cake sale and raised £320
  • Teagan completed a sponsored swim and raised £291

In total the year group raised £3352.  When this is added to the £2200 that Year 7 raised in 2020, the pupils have raised nearly enough to name a dog and we hope to achieve that in 2023.

Thea, Sia, Daisy and Teagan presented the cheque to volunteer Sheena Wright from Canine Partners in assembly this week.

‘Thank you everyone for raising this money,’ said Sheena.  ‘You really will change the lives of people with significant disabilities and we are so grateful.’

Head of Year 7, Mrs Sammy Davies, said: ‘I am so proud of the whole year group who have embraced the challenge of fundraising for this hugely worthwhile cause.  Some individuals went above and beyond and raised significant amounts of money and we hope we are not too far away from naming a puppy.’