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Congratulations to Homewood student Sophie-Alice Pearman who won the Hypo Hounds Outstanding achievement award for her services to Charity with her trained Diabetic Alert dog Scooby.

Sophie-Alice has raised thousands of pounds to help others and was the inspiration behind the setting up of the charity. Any of her spare time is dedicated to giving talks and raising the profile of Hypo Hounds in the Kent community as well as continued training of her much loved dog, Scooby.

Hypo Hounds is a Kent based assistance dog programme that trains pet dogs to develop very important lifesaving skills. Diabetic alert dogs can detect potentially life threatening hypoglycaemic attacks, known as hypos and result from low blood sugar levels. The training programme is for dog owners with brittle Type 1 diabetes.

Hypo Hounds is already helping children and adults in Kent and the South East to train their dogs to develop their scenting and alerting skills.

Well done to Sophie-Alice, Scooby and everyone at Hypo Hounds whose hard work and dedication is making a huge difference to many people’s lives.