Guide dog pays Scout groups a visit

1st Bridlington Scouts present a cheque for �100 to Shane Gibson, to help the blind
1st Bridlington Scouts present a cheque for �100 to Shane Gibson, to help the blind

First Bridlington Scouts were host to a special visitor in the form of Bailey – a guide dog.

Bailey was with his owner Shane Gibson, who is registered blind and came to give the Beavers a talk to raise their disability awareness. He also talked about how Bailey is instrumental in his daily life.

Shane Gibson and Bailey the guide dog, pays Bridlington 1sts a visit

Shane Gibson and Bailey the guide dog, pays Bridlington 1sts a visit

“I would never see properly again,” Shane said. “My life would be of a poorer quality than it is now.”

Forty Beaver and Cub Scouts had plenty of questions such as what Bailey does for fun.

“He is mesmorised by anybody and anything to do with food - it’s quite funny really.

“He will play with other dogs as well,” Shane said.

Over the past few weeks, the Beaver Scouts have been raising money by completing challenges at home and the Cub Scouts took part in a bag pack.

Together, they raised £100 which was presented to Shane at the end of the session when everyone got to meet Bailey personally.

Esme Alanene, seven, said: “I liked that we’ve raised so much money for guide dogs.

“I learnt that guide dogs have to use different signals to go different places.”

Carys Ingle, 10, said: “He gave us some interesting facts for example when he crosses the road he prefers to go straight rather than diagonal.”

There are different ways to raise money for Guide Dogs and Shane explained about the Ditch The Sugar scheme which looks at raising money through going 30 days without sugar.

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