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Students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) enjoyed a break from exams to have a cuddle with guide dogs from the town’s Mobility Team and help raise money for the charity.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association brought the puppies and adult dogs to Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, yesterday (Thursday 2 June).

The visit raised funds for the Association and was part of the ‘Stress Less’ campaign for students running during the exam period.

Jess Grocutt, Shrewsbury Students’ Union Co-ordinator said: “Sitting exams can be a tough time so we’ve organised a series of activities to help to reduce stress levels including yoga sessions and things like having fresh fruit in the common room to keep healthy.

“The cuddle a puppy activity has proved extremely popular - there are lots of dog lovers here. It’s also given us a chance to raise some money for Guide Dogs and learn more about the charity.

“We’d like to say a big thankyou to the Shrewsbury Mobility Team from the Association for bringing Farley, Leyland, Quilla and Krista to meet us today.”

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.

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A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, it provides the ideal setting to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as offering unique opportunities for research and Continuing Professional Development. 

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