Erdington Academy pupil raises money for guide dog charity in memory of grandpa

February 27th, 2017

A Birmingham schoolboy has paw-fected his baking skills in a bid to raise money for a guide dog charity in memory of his grandpa.

Erdington Academy pupil Benjamin Sheard has raised £5,000 by selling home-made cakes and jams to teachers, staff and classmates at his school in Kingsbury Road.

The 12-year-old has donated the cash to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – a charity close to his heart.

The youngster’s mum Emma explained: “Ben was incredibly close to his grandpa Jim and was absolutely devastated when he died eight years ago at the age of just 59.

“He decided that he wanted to do something in his grandpa’s memory so, as a family, we began baking cakes and jams to sell to raise money.

“Each year we make a donation to a different charity and this year Ben and his younger brother Jimmy chose Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as their grandpa was visually impaired.

 “I’m so proud of Ben and his five-year-old brother Jimmy, who also helps bake the cakes and jam.

“I know their grandpa would also be proud as punch of their hard work and determination to help others.”

Liz Cross, Assistant Head Teacher at Erdington Academy, said: “Ben is a wonderful pupil, whose confidence has grown rapidly since the start of the academic year.

“He has been an inspiration to pupils and staff at the school and we want to encourage all pupils to pursue causes they feel are important.  

“Staff have generously supported Ben and they were more than thrilled to sample the delicious cakes and jams.”

Andy Bird, CEO of Fairfax Multi Academy Trust which runs Erdington Academy, said: “We are proud to have a pupil like Ben at Erdington Academy.

“Ben is a prime example of how to develop entrepreneurial skills, which we want all our pupils to learn.

“We hope Ben will inspire others and his charity work is a real reminder to us all about the importance of family.”

Guide Dogs Birmingham Mobility Team Community Fundraising Development Officer Miles Northwood said: “At Guide Dogs we rely on donations to continue our life-changing work.  Every pound raised makes a difference to people living with sight loss. 

“To put it in perspective £5 could support a working guide dog for a day, £5,000 covers the cost of the dogs first year of puppy walking and by raising this amount people can choose to name a puppy meet it and get updates as it goes through its first 12 months of puppy walking.

“As a guide dog owner myself I know the amazing difference a guide dog can make to someone’s life and would really like to thank the Sheard family for their fundraising efforts.

“If anyone is interested in finding out more about how they can fundraise or volunteer for us please contact the Birmingham Team on 0345 143 0194 or email” 

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