STUDENTS at Ilkley Grammar School had a non uniform day recently to raise money for Guide Dogs.

The Year 8 students started with a diversity day, following which the whole school took part in a dress down day. They were charged £1 for for being able to wear their own clothes for the day, raising a fantastic £970.44 for the charity.

Mathew Carr, Teacher of PE and Community Co-ordinator said: “Back in July we chose Guide Dogs as the charity to benefit from the diversity day event.

“We explained to the students that the lifetime cost of each dog is about £55k.

“The students embraced the event wholeheartedly and we were pleased to welcome guide dog ambassador Rufus, when he came to the school last week to receive the cheque.

“Two Year 9 pupils, Ciara and Sam were lucky enough to spend some time with him to learn about what Rufus does and the training that goes into becoming a guide dog.”

Jo Stevens Community Fundraiser for Guide Dogs in North Yorkshire said: “We are very grateful to Ilkley Grammar School for choosing to support Guide Dogs.

“The money raised by the students will support 194 guide dogs for a day or will buy 38 iconic white guide dog harnesses.”

The Ilkley Support Group of Guide Dogs is always wanting new recruits.

You would be joining a friendly local group who meet every couple of months to plan fundraising events.

If you would like to join them or to fundraise for Guide Dogs please contact Jo.Stevens@guidedogs,