Forward Magazine

Forward is Guide Dogs’ quarterly magazine for supporters, clients and the general public. First published in 1943, each edition is packed with news, events and stories about the amazing people and dogs involved with us, from owners and volunteers to trainers and fundraisers.

Get in touch with the editor of Forward to submit your story ideas or your feedback. Email or write to Forward, Guide Dogs, Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7 3YG.

You can read past editions of Forward magazine in the Forward archive.

Forward Spring 2017

The Spring edition of Forward, just like the season, is full of new beginnings!

We hear from Acting Chief Executive Steve Vaid about the highlights of 2016 and a look forward to the busy year ahead.

This is also our first edition since the integration of the services provided by Blind Children UK into Guide Dogs; we started this year as one organisation, providing support and services to people of all ages. You can read more about our Children and Young People’s services on pages 16 and 17.

Our cover shows Francesca Ballon, who has used our Children and Young People’s services and is now one of the eight amazing people taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for Guide Dogs. You can read all about the motivation of each runner on pages 12 and 13.

On page 11 we announce the finalists of the Guide Dogs Annual Awards, which take place on 17 May and reveal how you can vote to decide the winner of Inspirational Guide Dog Owner.

Forward -Spring -2017-coverWe also feature a heart-warming story of Mandy Pike and her guide dog Fable, who explains how making a perfect match and long-lasting partnership was definitely worth the wait.

And finally you can read all about behind the scenes of our new Sponsor a Puppy advert.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of your magazine – and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it: email

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