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Students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) enjoyed a break from exams to ‘cuddle a canine’ and help raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Volunteers from the charity brought the dogs to Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, on Thursday April 26.

The opportunity to swap lab assessments for petting Labradors was part of an annual Wellbeing Week run by Students’ Union (SU) Shrewsbury during the exam period.

Rachael Jones, SU Shrewsbury Development Manager said: “We love welcoming the volunteers and guide dogs to Guildhall each year. Students have the chance to take their mind off exams, while we can raise some money for the Association by inviting people to make a donation, and learn more about the charity.

“The visit is one of the highlights in a series of fun, relaxing, distracting and informative Wellbeing Week activities which aim to help manage stress levels.

“We’d like to say a big thankyou to the volunteers from the Association’s Shrewsbury Mobility Team for bringing the dogs to Guildhall, and telling us all about them and the charity.”

Mary Conner, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Community Fundraising Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with University Centre Shrewsbury to help raise awareness of Guide Dogs in the community.

“A huge thankyou to our fundraising volunteers and guide dog owners who make the difference and are key to our success. If you would like to volunteer or help fundraise for Guide Dogs, please go to our website, or telephone the Shrewsbury Office on 0345 1430 226.”

Other Wellbeing Week activities included:

  • Chester Students’ Union President, Cherelle Mitchell, sharing top tips on managing the workload, and answering questions on university life.
  • An Active Wellbeing Surgery offering advice on maintaining good mental health through physical activity.
  • A drop-in session with one of UCS’s psychology experts to discuss resilience and mindfulness.
  • Free fruit and Stress-Less Packs, jam-packed with lots of goodies to help students unwind.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. The charity also campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eye care and funds eye disease research. For more details go to

A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is a distinctive institution, focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship and contributing to the community.  Further information about UCS is available at

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