Last week, Aspire Chief Executive, Brian Carlin, visited The Grove Independent School along with Aspire Housing tenant Maz and her assistance dog, Bernie, to talk about the work of Aspire.
Bernie the dog was a major highlight, demonstrating how she can pick up keys that Maz drops on the floor. And the pupils were told how Bernie empties the washing machine in to a basket, drags the basket outside and hands Maz one item of clothing at a time to be pegged on a washing line (the pupils were assured that Bernie does not slobber over the clothes, following earnest questions on this matter). However, Bernie didn’t steal the limelight completely as Maz talked about the difference that the Northampton Aspire House has made to her life while she waits for a permanent, accessible home.
The school has set a fundraising target of £5,000 for Aspire and, through a series of weird and wonderful events, have already raised an incredible £2,199.38. From dog walks and chess tournaments to cake sales and even sponsoring a teacher not to tell any of his famously bad jokes for a day, the staff, pupils and parents have worked hard to make a difference to the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.
A big thank you to everyone for their fantastic efforts.
Pictured are Brian Carlin, Maz, Bernie and staff member, Ms Angela Zeina, with pupils from the school.