Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2017
The Guide Dogs Annual Awards ceremony took place at the Hurlingham Club in London on 17 May 2017.
Among those honoured for their amazing achievements at the award ceremony were guide dogs and their owners, My Guide partnerships, and many of the fantastic people and organisations that support the work of the charity.
Inspirational Guide Dog Owner Award, as chosen by This Morning viewers
Louise’s positivity and determination inspires everyone she meets. When she suddenly lost her sight 14 years ago it made her realise that she had to fight for the life she wanted. She has since dedicated her time to helping others and challenges herself daily with new adventures and experiences.
Hollie Pemberton and David Oliver
Hollie thought she would be housebound when she lost both her husband and her sight, relying on weekly escorted food shopping trips. But thanks to David the great-grandmother of two can still enjoy trips to the museums and stately homes that she loves.
Dianne Woodford and Darcy
“Super-dog” Darcy is one in a million. Without any extra training, Darcy is able to help Dianne manage her diabetes and epilepsy by sensing when her blood sugar levels are low or a seizure is imminent. This amazing skill gives Dianne and her family the confidence to get on with life, knowing she is safe.
Kimberley Burrows and Tami
Bullied through school, Kim found her time in education isolating. But after meeting an inspirational guide dog owner Kim decided to reach out to Guide Dogs. With newfound confidence and Tami by her side, Kimberley is now pursuing her dream of becoming a professional illustrator.
When guide dog Tim injured his nose on a local bus, Blackpool Transport took it upon themselves not only to make sure it would never happen again, but to also improve sight loss awareness on transport all around Blackpool. The resulting changes have vastly improved travelling in the area for people with sight loss.
Karl Lloyd, Liverpool City Council
Karl’s passion and commitment to end refusals from taxis goes far beyond his job role. He takes personal responsibility for every complaint and is changing Council processes and driver training to try and eliminate refusals completely. His determination and support brings a huge relief to guide dog owners in Liverpool.
Lucy Edwards and Olga
Despite having to cope with losing her sight at just 17, law student and YouTube sensation Lucy has reached out with her experiences and wants to show the world what someone with sight loss can do. But none of it would be possible without her guide dog Olga by her side.
Our competition winner
Congratulations to Mrs Hardstaff of Newark, who won our competition to meet Luna!