Shakespeare Puppies Appeal bags some cash

By IH Tuesday 14 January 2014 Updated: 15/01 08:35

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BAG packing pupils from Stratford School gave the Shakespeare Puppies Appeal fund a boost over Christmas.

They popped along to the town's Waitrose store where they managed to collect £767 - helping packing bags for customers - for the project which is aiming to provide 25 Guide Dogs, each of which will be named after a Shakespeare character.

Two of the students, Navitha Jathin and Mishael Beppin, also helped out packing bags on the Saturday when other supporters of the Shakespeare Puppies project packed bags at the Shipston Road store, raising £856.

Navitha has actually been raising funds to donate a guide dog puppy of her own. She has given up birthday and Christmas presents as well as running other fundraising and when combined with her work at Waitrose she now has the £1,500 needed to provide a new Guide Dog puppy, which she has named Hamlet, who will soon be in training.

Jackie Horton, Shakespeare’s Puppies project organiser, said “Our first Shakespeare Puppy, Juliet, has recently been born, and we hope others such as Othello, Titus, Hamlet, Troilus – and of course, Romeo, will soon follow.

"We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from students and staff of Stratford School. Despite sore feet and aching backs, the bag packers worked hard with enthusiasm and commitment to raise money for their school Guide Dog puppy.

"Our thanks go to both the bag packers and also to Waitrose for offering us this opportunity."

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