Pin-up pooch Benson’s Holt school charity calendar helps military causes

Benson poses for his 2015 calendar cover shot. Picture: COLIN SCOLES

Benson poses for his 2015 calendar cover shot. Picture: COLIN SCOLES - Credit: Archant

A school's 'pin-up' dog is ready to raise funds for two war heroes charities through his parade ground posing.

Benson with Walking with the Wounded team member Major Kate Philp during a visit to Gresham's School

Benson with Walking with the Wounded team member Major Kate Philp during a visit to Gresham's School. Picture; COLIN SCOLES - Credit: Archant

Benson the black Labrador is a familiar site at Gresham's School in Holt where he shadows cadet force training officer Colin Scoles' every movement.

But he also appears on hundreds of walls every year on a charity calendar which has a cult following.

Pictures show him in a variety of military settings, from mixing with the school cadets to visiting the officer training college at Sandhurst.

The calendar regularly raises £1,000 split between Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.


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Mr Scoles said the idea began as a 'one off' when Benson was a year old puppy and was initially done for the school shooting team.

'Like many ideas, it started off a bit tongue-in-cheek and has just escalated.'

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Calendar shots are taken throughout the year, and the 2015 version is the seventh in the series.

'Wherever I go Benson goes, and he is a bit of a poser so the pictures are no problem - though we have to reject some, when he is lying on his back with legs in the air,' said Mr Scoles.

Benson also fathered some puppies this year and £500 from the sale of one of them has been donated to Walking With the Wounded as a charity bonus.

Mr Scoles is already planning next year's calendar which will include a visit to RAF Scampton as a the guest of the Red Arrows, and to his namesake base in Oxfordshire, RAF Benson.

The Benson Calender, costing £10, is now available from reception at the senior and prep schools.

Copies can also be posted by calling reception on 01263 714500.

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