Following Dawn Bridgehouse bringing her guide dog to the Scout headquarters with the help of her friend Jan Eddowes, the 339th Droylsden Beavers and Cubs raised £85 to donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.
During the visit, the Beavers and Cubs met guide dog Lainey who is owned by Dawn and they learned about how the specially trained dog has transformed Dawn’s life, giving her the freedom to pursue her hobbies.
Dawn took time out to talk to the Beavers and Cubs about her life as a blind person, and showed them some of the gadgets that help to make her life easier and showed them how they help her in her daily life, before going on to explain how guide dogs can transform the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted.
Dawn also typed all the Beavers and Cubs names in Braille on her special Braille typewriter.
This visit was organised so that the Beavers and Cubs could learn more about coping with blindness as part of their Disability Awareness badge
Gill Cummins, the 339th Cub Scout Leader said, “For their Disability Awareness Badge, the young people have to know about different disabilities. They then research a specific disability and how they might then help someone with a disability; they decided on people with sight problems. To gain their badge, the Beavers and Cubs had to find out how blind people read, how guide dogs are trained and learn how to read their name in braille.
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