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Lights, camera, strike a pose!

08 October 2014

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) students arranged two days of photography sessions for fellow students and staff, to raise money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs). 

The CAD students saw to all arrangements, planning, running and hosting the event, as part of their course.

CAD student Wendy Hansen, was one of the event organisers and helped to pick the chosen charity:

“As a group, we decided to raise money for Guide Dogs. They are a worthy cause and rely solely on public funding. They help blind and partially sighted people to gain the confidence they need to go out and live life, through the support of a guide dog.”

The first session had visitors jumping at the chance to donate to have their photo taken with Kashmir, a guide dog who modelled for the photos. She was joined by her severely sight impaired owner Jenny Pape, and Community Fundraiser for Guide Dogs, Suzie Stratton, who helped the students inform the guests about the cause.

Wendy, was happy with Kashmir’s modelling and said:

“It’s been great to have Kashmir here for the photos too, she’s been really well behaved and absolutely loved all the attention.”

Suzie Stratton, was pleased to be invited along to the first session and commented:

“We’re really grateful to the students for wanting to raise money for the charity and we felt it was important for us to come and show our support for their efforts.

“One guide dog will cost the charity approximately £50,000 over its lifetime. So encouraging fundraising days, like this with the students of the college, is vital to raise awareness to younger audiences to keep donations coming in.”

The second session was a photo-booth style event for visitors to have fun photos taken with their friends.

CAD Lecturer Becki Thorne, oversaw the project and was delighted with how the students pulled together to arrange the day:

“They’ve had to work extremely hard to even get the go ahead for this event. It’s been a great project that has brought out their team working, planning and problem solving skills.

“Tasks like these aim to further develop the students employability skills and will help stand them in good stead for life after college, whether that be in work or further education.”

 If you would like to learn more about the Computer Aided Design courses at Bracknell & Wokingham College please visit or call 0845 330 3343.

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