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Sheffield High's Year 7 girls raise £4000 for Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind

Sheffield High School’s annual ‘Read On’ campaign has once again given some of the senior girls the opportunity to focus on their reading for the pleasure of themselves and for the benefit of others, in this case the people of Sheffield who have any kind of sight impairment.

There was a great competitive spirit between the girls as to who could read most and which class could raise most for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB), partly because they knew that the winning class would host a visit from a blind lady and her dog. Books were voraciously devoured and sponsors sought from near and far.

After a great deal of effort by all Year 7 forms, 7W were pronounced the winners, having raised over £1000 of the £4000 total. But it’s ‘Well done’ to everyone as the year group broke the previous record for funds raised and 7W also broke the individual form record.

Form 7W were duly thrilled to receive a visit from Sue Coggin, the SRSB’s official fundraiser, who gave us a potted history of the society and what it offers its clients as well as showing us various aids which help the visually impaired to live independently. Sue also brought Joan along with her, a lady who became blind at the age of 29, and her dog, Iris – the star of the event. Iris was on her last official engagement prior to early retirement which brought poignancy to the proceedings as the reason for her being retired early was that she was looking after her owner ‘too well.’

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