Hundreds of excited students queued for up to an hour to ‘meet a puppy’ at the annual “Puppy Room” event hosted by Solent Students Union on Thursday 28 January 2016.  The event, which returned after a successful debut last year, is designed to help students combat the stresses of exams.

The Puppy Room event was organised with the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity and gave students to meet, stroke and cuddle a puppy or working dog around what can be a very stressful time in the academic calendar.

Puppy Room at Solent
Puppy Room at Solent

Charlotte Winfield, Vice President of Education at Solent Student Union, said: “It’s been really successful. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves”. She explained the charities Patron is Princess Anne, who stands by the view that dogs can help with stress management whilst also lifting people’s spirits. She added. “We’re tying it all in with a campaign that we are currently running called ‘it’s OK not to be OK’ which is all linked to academic stress. We’re trying to help people feel more relaxed around and give people a chance to cool down, whilst also raising money for the charity”.

Students paid a voluntary donation to charity for their chance to spend time with a puppy and the event proved so popular that the queues snaked down two floors of the SU building.


Solent student Kate Reddaway (pictured above, left) thought the concept of a puppy room was a great idea saying, “I like dogs and I think it’s a good idea because it’s a good way to release stress and also it’s a good way to raise money for charity”.

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