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Summer Forward 2017

To reflect all the recent hot weather, the Summer 2017 edition of Forward magazine is a scorcher!

Steve Vaid introduces the magazine by talking about his highlights as our Acting Chief Executive, and our new Chief Executive, who starts in September, is revealed.

The cover stars are Louise Jenkins and her guide dog, Trinity. Louise took home the Inspirational Guide Dog Owner Award, as chosen by ITV This Morning viewers, at our Guide Dogs Annual Awards. You can read about all the award winners on pages 12 and 13, and there are plenty of photos from the glittering occasion!

On page 11, you can learn how Guide Dogs’ services for children and young people with sight loss are helping eight-year-old Remi. Plus, CustomEyes member Lauren got a surprise from David Walliams on World Book Day – find out what he did on page 11.

9313 Forward Summer 2017 Online 1Former England footballer Dave Thomas tells how his first guide dog, Hannah, has changed his life on page 16. And you can find out how to help us provide more guide dogs like Hannah by getting involved with Guide Dogs Week this year – see page 19.

There’s also a fascinating bit of history on page 25 as we bring you a story from the early 1960s of how a guide dog puppy got her name.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of your magazine – and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it: forward@guidedogs.org.uk

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Spring Forward 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 forward@guidedogs.org.uk

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Autumn Forward 2016

The Autumn edition of Forward is a real celebration of achievement across the organisation, the inspirational people we support and those who support us.

Our cover stars are guide dog owners Libby Clegg and Lora Turnham. They are both gold medallists from the Rio Paralympic games and we are honoured that they share their story with us in a special feature inside.

We announce the results of our People Awards in which we celebrate the people who do extraordinary work behind the scenes and we open the nominations for the Guide Dogs Annual Awards, which return in May 2017.

Forward Autumn 2016 CoverThere is an exciting update on our ITV This Morning partnership as we introduce guide dog puppy Luna. On top of that we also look at some of the wonderful ways people ‘Moved it for Money’ in Guide Dogs Week.

As always you can get involved with our caption competition and letter pages, we love to hear from you.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of your magazine – and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it: forward@guidedogs.org.uk.

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Summer Forward 2016

The Summer edition of Forward is brimming full of news and features about Guide Dogs and the inspirational people we support.8712 Forward Summer 2016

What do you get when you mix over 100 guide dog owners and 180 MPs in Parliament? Find out with our update on the access campaign, and we will update you in the next issue on how we are building on this great work later in the year.

In our special cover feature, you can learn all about 75 years of training at Leamington and the family connection that is still going strong at the training school.

Also we have an exciting update on Iggy, the Blue Peter guide dog who has become a fully qualified guide dog and is now starting a new journey as a life changer. On top of that we have the announcement of this year’s Guide Dogs Week, which is taking place between 1-9 October 2016.

As always you can get involved with our caption competition and letter pages, we love to hear from you.

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

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Spring Forward 2016

Front Cover of Forward Spring 2016 The Spring edition of Forward is packed full of news and features about Guide Dogs and the inspirational people we support. In our special cover feature, you can catch up with all the amazing winners of our Guide Dogs Annual Awards.

There’s a media special in this issue featuring our young guide dog puppy Clover, who joined the team of ITV’s This Morning last September. Her regular appearances and shaking paws with celebrities, gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the hard work that goes into training our guide dogs. We also meet some extraordinary puppy walkers, who between them have devoted an astonishing 100 years to puppy walking; plus artist Emelye Purser and her model guide dog Stella.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also find out how you can support our campaign to help end access refusals and have fun with our regular features, such as the caption competition – we’re a bit ‘stumped’ for suggestions on what this young pup is saying!

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



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Autumn Forward 2015

Forward Autumn Cover 2015 The Autumn edition of Forward is jam-packed with news and features about Guide Dogs.

You can read all about our partnership with the Scouts, as well as catching up with the amazing winners of our Guide Dogs People Awards.

There’s an uplifting feature on our My Guide service and how it’s enabling one young mum to take up her passion for running again, as well as stories about guide dog owners who’ve met Her Majesty the Queen and pups who help children to read.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also find out how you can support our campaign to stop pavement parking and have fun with our regular features, such as the caption competition – we’ve a particularly cheeky pup for you in this issue!  

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



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Summer Forward 2015

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The summer edition of Forward is packed full of news and features about Guide Dogs. You can read all about Iggy the Blue Peter puppy and her first birthday celebrations, as well as the life-changing work we’re doing with the money raised from ITV’s Text Santa.

There are also fascinating articles on how guide dogs can transform family life, a celebration of our brilliant volunteers, and the story of Barney – a heroic dog on a big mission.

Finally, there’s your chance to make a nomination for the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015. Take a look at our award categories and let us know who you think has gone the extra mile for Guide Dogs – there are awards for people, partnerships and, of course, dogs! We’d love to hear from you.

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



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Spring Forward 2015

Forward Spring 2015 magazine coverThe spring edition of Forward is full to the brim of news and features about Guide Dogs. You can read all about the winners of the Guide Dogs Annual Awards, including our cover star, Verity Smith, winner of the award for Inspirational Guide Dog owner of the Year.

There are also fascinating articles on 90-year-old guide dog owner, Alice Sealeaf, and volunteers who have been helping train our guide dog pups for more than 40 years, as well as our work with Microsoft on exciting technology and a great round-up of our best ever Guide Dogs Week.

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



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Autumn Forward 2014

Forward Magazine AutumnThe autumn edition of Forward is packed with interesting news and fascinating features. You can read about Ben, our youngest ever guide dog owner, and find out how to get involved with Guide Dogs Week 2014, which runs from 4 – 12 October.

You can also read about how our Blue Peter pup guide dog pup, Iggy, is inspiring a new generation of children, and learn what a difference our My Guide service is making to the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.

With features on our campaigns, our exciting plans for the future and some very special partnerships, we’re sure you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this edition of Forward.

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Spring Forward 2014

The spring edition of ForwardForward Spring 2014 Frontcover190 is full of exciting news and inspirational features. You can discover who won the Guide Dogs Annual Awards and what makes them special, as well as finding out why Guide Dogs Week 2013 was the best yet.

You can also read about some amazing work we're doing with Microsoft to open up our world and support people with sight loss in getting around.

With stories on buddy dogs who really go the extra mile, the huge success of campaigns, and all the wonderful things our volunteers and supporters do to help Guide Dogs, there's something for everyone in this edition.



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Autumn Forward 2013

Guide Dogs Week 2013 is just around the Front cover of Forward Autumn 2013corner and, with your help, we’re going to make it the best ever. Find out how to get involved in this edition of Forward.

You can join also us in a walk down memory lane as we remember a famous guide dog ‘mum’, and help us look to the future with some of our younger service users.

With stories on a puppy walking reverend, a very active 98-year-old, and how Mr Great Britain International is supporting Guide Dogs, we think there’s something for everyone in this edition.

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Summer Forward 2013

The summer edition of Forward is full to Forward Summer 2013 Front Coverbursting with Guide Dogs news and features. This year we celebrate an amazing 70 years of the magazine and we take a look at how it’s changed over the decades.

We have special features on Major, “the flying guide dog”, and on our My Guide service which is helping us reach out to many more people who are blind or partially sighted.

You can also find out how to get involved in this year’s Guide Dogs Week in October, and how to nominate people – and dogs – for the Guide Dogs Annual Awards in December.



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Spring Forward 2013

The spring edition of Forward is packed Spring Forward 2013 magazine coverwith all the latest Guide Dogs news, and there's much to report. There are details of our new Chairman, John Stewart, and an update on our Safe and Sound campaign, which has attracted some star attention!

There's also a round-up of Guide Dogs Week 2012, and Chief Executive Richard Leaman looks back at all the amazing things we achieved last year. You can also find out how guide dog Gemma and retired guide dog, Elliott, are helping pupils at Morehall Primary School in Kent.

This edition's special feature focuses on the Buddy Dog Service and the UK's first buddy dog partnership, and you can read about just how much buddy dog Rags has changed the life of his owner, Luke.

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Autumn Forward 2012

This autumn sees a bumper edition of Forward Autumn 2012 CoverForward, with news about the winners of the Specsavers Guide Dog of the Year Awards, the launch of our new Safe and Sound campaign about quiet electric vehicles and much more.

We also catch up with how members of the Guide Dogs family were involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, take a look ahead to Guide Dogs Week 2012 and find out about how the Andrex Puppy is celebrating its 40th birthday with Guide Dogs.

Our special feature this time is about Andrew Follows, a guide dog owner from Australia whose passion for digital photography took him on an adventure to the Edinburgh Art Festival.



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Summer Forward 2012

In the summer edition we provide an insight Forward Summer 2012 magazine coverinto some of the finalists of the Specsaver’s Guide Dog of the Year Awards 2012 and provide an update on our dangerous dogs campaign. You can also find out about the launch of public tours of the National Breeding Centre and catch up with a Go Walkies event in Aberdeen. This quarters’ magazine also contains features on our pilot My Guide service and Tony Brown-Griffin, the first owner of a guide and seizure alert dog.



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Spring Forward 2012

In the Spring 2012 issue: This edition of Forward Spring 2012 magazine front coverForward has a sporting theme. The main feature and cover star is a keen amateur blind sailor, Vicki Sheen, who battled to overcome health problems and the retirement of her old guide dog to triumph at the World Blind Sailing Championships in Perth Australia in 2011. We also feature an interview with Paralympic hopefuls Lee Greatbatch and Lora Turnham, guide dog owners who hope to represent Great Britain in their chosen sports this summer. Forward is also packed with the usual news and happenings from throughout the Guide Dogs family.



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Winter Forward 2011

In the Winter issue: Guide Dogs kicks off Forward Magazine Winter 2011 Coverthe year with its Winter edition of Forward, which includes the story of guide dog owner Katie Meakin’s journey on the road to independence with the help of her guide dog Lance and the unique contribution of Guide Dogs’ workshop, which developed a special harness to meet her unique needs.

Our news pages feature David Blunkett’s recent qualification with new guide dog Cosby, how record breaking fundraiser Wendy Shaw has become an Olympic Torchbearer and the Royal opening of the National Breeding Centre.



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Autumn 2011 - special 80th anniversary edition

In the Autumn issue: Our special 80th Forward Magazine August 2011 front coveranniversary edition is packed with features on the history of Guide Dogs, the next 80 years and how we are gearing up to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

We profile labradoodles, a new breed of guide dog, and find out more about what our supporters are doing to "go for 80" to celebrate our anniversary.



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Summer Forward 2011

Summer 2011 is the first edition in Guide Forward Magazine Summer 2011 coverDogs’ new look and it’s our travel special, covering different aspects of travel with or without a guide dog. We profile a few of the amazing stories we’ve received from nominees in this year’s Guide Dog of the Year awards and you can find out about one of our most inspirational fundraisers, who has raised almost £100,000 in memory of her late husband. We also take a look at a former guide dog pup who has retrained with the police as a specialist CSI dog.



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Spring Forward 2011

In the Spring edition, Forward takes a look Forward Magazine Spring 2011 coverat the success of the Vision for Equality Conference and looks at the progress it made in identifying the needs to improve inclusivity and access for people with sight loss. Our featured guide dog owner is Jenny Mitchinson, who was able to train with her late husband’s guide dog Foster, and we look at how phone technology is now assisting both dog walkers and guide dog owners.



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Winter Forward 2010

Winter sees us celebrate the work of Rags, one of our new buddy dogs, who brings emotional and social support to pupils at RNIB Rushton School and Children's home. We also feature Alison Corp and current dog Frances. Alison takes part in sighted dressage competitions and wins!



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Autumn Forward 2010

In autumn, new Chief Executive Richard Leaman promotes his message of collaboration with other organisations to meet our key aim of enabling more blind and partially sighted people to become mobile. We celebrate the 'extraordinary partnerships' theme of this year's Guide Dog Week and guide dog Patsy is the focus of our feature, which takes a look at her career change from brood bitch to guide.



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Summer Forward 2010

This edition sees new Chief Executive Richard Leaman joining Guide Dogs and the launch of our new life sized collection boxes.  Our featured guide dog owner is Maggie Galbarczyk, who is pursuing a career in clinical psychology with the help of guide dog Ingmar.



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Spring Forward 2010

In this issue, Guide Dogs introduces its campaign for talking buses and launches 'go walkies', the sponsored walk with a difference.  Guide dog owner Marcus Rawlings is featured with his dog Elliot.



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