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Swindon Advertiser: ‘Snap is just animal magic’ – Updated

White Tigers Fighting taken by Stacy Woolhouse.Updated with the winning image.

Swindon Advertiser is running an article today regarding South Marston wildlife photographer, Stacy Woolhouse, who was a finalist in a nationwide photographic competition on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

A BUDDING photographer is celebrating after being highly commended in a national competition.

Stacy Woolhouse, of South Marston, entered his picture into the Amazing Partnerships competition and was chosen ahead of hundreds of entries to be named runner-up.

The 39-year-old’s entry showed a male and female tiger which he had taken during a trip to West Midlands Safari Park.

The competition was launched to accompany photographer Adrian Houston’s latest exhibition, which featured more than 20 celebrities with their dogs.

Stacy said: “I went for the day with my fiancee and nipper, drove around once and nothing was happening.

“I drove around again and I couldn’t believe what was happening. I think the male was getting a bit frisky but she was having none of it.”

The picture was taken with a Canon 7D camera.

“I’ve been interested in photography for about two years – it’s my passion,” said Stacy.

It was a surprise to be highly commended, but I do enter a lot of competitions – I got one of my pictures of a lion in Marwell Zoo’s calendar.

The competition was sponsored by Specsavers, which awarded Stacy a certificate, a framed copy of his photograph and a £150 eyewear voucher at its branch in Regent Street, Swindon.

For more details, see the Guide Dogs for the Blind website.

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Swindon Advertiser – Mayor splashes cash

Swindon Advertiser provided the following article, regarding the fund-raising efforts of the villages school children.

SWINDON mayor David Wren presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Swindon branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association at South Marston Primary School yesterday.

The money from the Mayor’s Charity Fund, raised with the help of several local schools, will buy a guide dog and pay for its training and upkeep for a year.

South Marston Primary School was allowed to name the new dog because the pupils raised the most money per head towards the project.

Coun Wren said: “It is fantastic they have raised that much money.

“I went around the classrooms when I first paid a visit a couple of months ago and their school work was focused around the association and what it meant to be blind.”

He added: “I chose to support Swindon Guide Dogs because, when I was a lot younger, I actually went blind in my left eye. It was a really worrying time for me. I have got my sight back now but I did appreciate then how worrying it is to lose your sight.”

Mayors in Swindon get to nominate several charities to raise money for during the civic year from May to May.

Coun Wren, who will step down at the end of this week, also chose community radio station Swindon 105.5, Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool and Swindon Carers.

He has so far generated just over £26,000 through donations from businesses and individuals, as well as events, such as concerts.

Five local schools raised about £300 towards the £5,000 target for Swindon Guide Dogs.

South Marston, which raised the most money for the number of pupils at about 85p per head, named the puppy ‘Marston’ after the school. Coun Wren presented the cheque to Alan Fletcher, chairman of the local branch, during a special assembly yesterday.

Coun Wren has pledged to have his hair and beard shaved off if Swindon residents can raise at least another £1,000 before the end of the week. The fundraiser – named Hair Today Gone Tomorrow – is planned to take place in the Brunel Centre on Thursday, June 3 at noon.

To sponsor him, send a cheque payable to Swindon Borough Council to:

Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

Cheques should be marked with the words ‘mayor’s haircut’.

The Swindon branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is seeking to recruit volunteers to provide basic training for puppies.

Volunteers look after and socialise guide dogs between the ages of about six weeks and 14 months.

As well as providing food and accommodation, duties include teaching basic obedience and introducing the animals to public environments, such as buses and schools.

No previous experience is needed and all costs are covered, however puppy walkers must be able to devote a lot of time to the animals.

For more information, call the charity’s national recruitment office on 0845 371 7771.

The original article is available here.