Up, up and away for charity flight at college

CONTENT Volunteers and the dogs enjoying the flight
CONTENT Volunteers and the dogs enjoying the flight

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FOUR-legged passengers kept students on their toes as a mock flight was held to raise money for charity.

Students studying Air Cabin Crew at South Downs College, Waterlooville, held a fundraising flight for the Canine Partners charity, which trains assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities.

The college has its own fuselage section from a Boeing 747 jumbo jet on its grounds, allowing students to train and serve up to 55 passengers.

The students showed off the skills they have learned while on the course, serving passengers on board as if it were a real flight.

Myrid Ramsey, from Canine Partners, said: ‘South Downs College is one of the only places in the UK where we could have expanded our puppies’ training experiences in a real aircraft situation.

‘It will prove invaluable for the pups who attended for the day when they finish their training and go on to transform the life of a person with disabilities.

‘We would like to thank the college, staff and all the students who made Canine Partners so welcome during our visit, in particular Jacqui Coe and her team and students. It was a truly first class service from start to finish.’

Canine Partners trains dogs tasks such as opening and shutting doors and unloading washing machines.