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May 2017

Guide Dog Awareness

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People all around the UK need guide dogs to support them with their disability- whether this being deaf or blind etc.

An event in Sheffield has been hosted for guide dog awareness at the Student Union.

This included people coming and talking to guide dog owners about their experience and even petting the dogs for a donation of at least two pounds.

Martin South (49), owner of guide dog, Keen, said: “Since I’ve had Keen, he’s built my confidence and I’ve got more independence.”

Megan Smith (21), organiser of the event, said: “We do it once a year and its our biggest event of the year.

“It raises a lot of money and awareness for our charity.”

 

 

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Eager cyclists climb a hill at Ewden Height, Sheffield for the 3rd mountain at the Tour De Yorkshire.

The Tour De Yorkshire is an international cycling race taking place on the 28-30th April 2017.

The race is happening over three days and the complete course will cover 490KM (304 miles) over three stages – one stage each day.

The first day/stage is through Bridlington to Scarborough, the second Tadcaster to Harrogate and finally Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.

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Voting

The number of students registered to vote in June’s general election has jumped by 9%, according to figures from Unidays.

A massive 78 per cent of students say they are voting this year; the turnout at the election two years ago was 69%.

A survey by The Student Room found that out of 1000 eligible students asked, 41.7% vowed to vote Labour.

A further breakdown of the statistics showed that 48.6 % of females said they preferred Labour and only 20% planned to vote for the Conservatives – as opposed to 36.6% of male Tory voters.

Student Eve Bestford (19), a first time voter from Sheffield, said: “I’m voting for Labour because I feel they have more values towards the younger generation which will benefit society in the long run.

“Labour promise to close the gender pay gap which I think is really important and should have been done a long time ago.

“I believe everyone should vote if they are able to, if people don’t vote they shouldn’t complain about who is elected.”

Reece Payling, restaurant supervisor is a first time voter who is choosing to not vote at all.

He said: “I’m not voting because I don’t feel I’m represented by any political party and I don’t really understand their policies”.

“In my opinion, all of the parties have faults so it wouldn’t be fair for me to choose one.”

Journalism student from Barnsley, Megan Wallace (20), said: “Im voting for Green Party, because all of the other parties have done nothing for the environment, so we need a change in this area.

“The reason why the environment is important to me is because I don’t think that young people necessarily do enough to help the environment, so I think if Green Party were elected, they could change this and encourage everybody care more about it.”

Its not to late to vote; the deadline is 22nd May, so if you haven’t voted heres how to do it:

In order to register you can visit gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will be asked for you name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote. The whole process takes about three minutes.

On election day, you can then go to your nearest polling station (you can find your closest one by contacting your electoral registration office), you then tell them your name and address in order for them to check that you are registered to vote.

Take your ballot paper that the staff give you into a polling booth and finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box.

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