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Harmony – Concord’s sponsored Guide Dog puppy

Friday January 15, 2021

During the week, Concord’s Head of Marketing, Mrs Vanessa Hawkins was delighted to announce that the college had officially sponsored a Guide Dog puppy. The 6-week old female Labrador cross Golden Retriever has been named Harmony – named after one of Concord’s key values, and, the very definition of the word Concord itself. Born on 21st November, Harmony also has 11 siblings, who will be welcomed into the Guide Dogs training scheme. Said Mrs Vanessa Hawkins: “Sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy is an idea we’ve had for the past year – and the Outreach team chose Guide Dogs as their main charity to support last academic year. “Together, we hosted a number of fundraisers, including a hugely popular Dog Show competition at Concord – a first for the college, enabling us to raise much-needed funds for the charity, as well as now sponsoring a puppy.” Click here to read the Dog Show news story. The college recently received Harmony’s 6-week welcome pack, including Harmony’s birth certificate and letter detailing Guide Dogs’ Walk-Learn guide programme. A spokesperson for Guide Dogs said: “We’d like to thank Concord for being part of our Guide Dogs family and for helping us provide life-changing support to those that need it. “We know that 2020 was a challenging year for us all and here at Guide dogs we are putting what we learnt into new ways of working and socialising in 2021. “As a result of new measures, some puppies may spend a little longer at our Breeding Centre, where they are cared for by dedicated members of the Dog Care and Welfare Team before heading off to their first family home – but this won’t affect them as they start their journey to becoming life-changing assistance dogs.” Harmony will soon be placed with her Puppy Walker, who will start to teach her the skills that she will need as a future guide dog. Maria Novell, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Guide Dogs said: “This is the beginning of a very exciting journey for Harmony. “For now, she is an uncoordinated bundle of fluff – I’m sure you’ll agree she is adorable, but over the next few weeks and months we look forward to sharing the beginnings of her transformation into a responsible guide dog with you. “Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. “We rely on donations to continue our life-changing work. Every pound raised makes a difference to people in the UK living with sight loss, so we’d like to thank you for your generous support.” Mrs Hawkins added: “Edelyne in 6.2 and the Outreach Committee worked tirelessly last year to raise the money to support the naming of a Guide Dog puppy and although they have all moved on to university now, I am sure that they are continuing to use their creativity, energy and enthusiasm to support those in need in the UK and around the world.”