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Benson the black Labrador strikes a pose for charity calendar

Written by  Louise Cowell
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Benson the black Labrador strikes a pose for charity calendar

Move over Buster the Boxer, this Christmas is all about the return of Benson the black Labrador.

Benson, a familiar sight at Gresham’s School, Holt, returns to print for his ninth calendar.  The money raised from the sales will again be split between two service charities; Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.

It is likely that the 2017 edition will be the penultimate calendar as Benson as he has been going progressively blind since February which has curtailed many of his activities and photo opportunities.  In previous editions, Benson can be seen at ease in the presence of military personnel in various locations across the country, and although he no longer goes out and about, he is still a firm fixture at the School.

Benson’s owner and Gresham’s School Staff Instructor, Colin Scoles, said: “It is ironic that Benson has been raising money to help injured servicemen and women and he himself now has a disability and, like so many that he has helped, he has a ‘can do attitude’ hence the latest calendar”.

The 2017 Benson calendar is now on sale with half the £10 price going to the charities. Call the School Reception on 01263 714500 to order a copy.

Gresham’s is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 to 18. The school is set in 200 acres of beautiful countryside, just four miles from the North Norfolk coast, most of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In March 2016, the Nursery and Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School was awarded 'excellent' in all nine categories following an inspection by The Independent Schools Inspectorate. ‘Excellent’ is the ISI descriptor for the Ofsted term ‘outstanding’. The school was founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham who went on to become Lord Mayor of London and forged close ties with the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Strong links with the City of London remain today. Old Greshamians have achieved great success in many fields and include the composer Benjamin Britten, the poet W H Auden and hovercraft inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell. More recent alumni include BAFTA winning actress, Olivia Colman, inventor and businessman Sir James Dyson, film director Stephen Frears and international rugby players, Tom and Ben Youngs.

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Benson with Gresham’s (award-winning) Rifle Team.

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