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Year 7 helping homeless people and their pets

Students at the Sir John Colfox Academy have created a Christmas Card to try and raise money for Street Vet, the charity that helps homeless people care for their pets.

The class, who are aged 11 and 12 and in Year 7, decided to try and raise £100 to help homeless people and their pets after reading ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams, a story about a homeless man who loves his dog, Duchess. They have designed a Christmas card featuring Mr Stink and Duchess, which is on sale at Colfox school reception for £1.

Freya, 11, said: “I love my pets and I really like Street Vet because they help people out when they need it. Homeless people love their pets too, they are their world and Street Vet are there for them.”

William, 11, said: “When we read Mr Stink we realised how hard it is for homeless people and their dogs. I have two dogs and I think Street Vet is a great charity. Homeless people love their dogs, they are probably loved more than some dogs alone in a house.”

Daisy, 12, said: “We want to raise money for Street Vet because they help the dogs that may not otherwise get regular check-ups. It is an amazing offer of kindness towards those who cannot afford help. I think it is important that all dogs should get vet treatment, they do amazing work.”

Lucy, 11, said: “Reading Mr Stink made us think about homeless people and their pets. I think that what Street Vet do is excellent, because they help pets that live on the street and their owners.”

Natalie Burden, Head of Year Seven, said: “I am very proud of our students for trying to help others less fortunate, and for demonstrating such a sensitive response to the book, Mr Stink. The love of reading is greatly valued at Colfox and all of Year Seven have time dedicated to it in their timetables. We also value and encourage creativity and I am delighted we have been able to let our students run with this idea – please buy their Christmas card, all money given will go to Street Vet.”

Street Vet is a registered charity dedicated to providing free vet care to help homeless people care for their pets. They provide vet care, vaccinations, advice and support across the UK. More information is available at: