Meet the winners of this year’s Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015, in partnership with Royal Canin!
Inspirational Guide Dog Owner, Elaine Mackenzie
Elaine MacKenzie is so dedicated to Guide Dogs, she turned the horror of an attack on her guide dog Una into a way to help the charity. She bravely shared the experience in support of Guide Dogs’ dog attacks campaign. It's just one of the ways the retired civil servant has helped the charity in her 16 years as a tireless volunteer.
Guide Dog of the Year – Beyond the Call of Duty Award, Nicky Askew
Golden labrador/retriever cross, Tillie, saved her entire family from a fire that had started in their home while they were upstairs getting ready for bed. Tillie was so quick to react that she alerted the family even before their fire alarm detected a hint of trouble.
Guide Dog of the Year – Life-Changing Award, Lynette Proctor
Lynette Proctor’s sight loss left her completely isolated. She had depression and panic attacks, and relied on her parents to go to hospital appointments and counselling sessions. Pippa has given Lynette the freedom and independence to go back to college, get a full-time job, and do dare devil fundraising feats for the charity Guide Dogs.
Find out more about Lynette Proctor on YouTube.
Young Persons Achievement Award, in association with Blind Children UK, Tiri Hughes
This year, inspirational Tiri has represented her country with the GB Women's Disability Gymnastics Squad, and achieved 11 GCSEs. As soon as her exams were over, she resumed her voluntary work helping her mum Laura run Moorvision, a support group for families of children with sight loss in Devon and the south west.
Find out more about Tiri Hughes on YouTube.
My Guide Partnership Award, Nathan Edge and Pete
Nathan and Pete were one of the first guide running partnerships made through Guide Dogs’ My Guide sighted guiding service. But little did Nathan know that his ambition to take on the challenge of the London Marathon and raise money for Guide Dogs would lead to a beautiful friendship with his guide runner, Pete.
Find out more about Nathan and Pete on YouTube.
Breaking Down Barriers Award, Mary Rasmussen
When Mary was nearly hit by a lorry in Aberdeen city centre because the council had changed the road layout, she knew she had to do something to make sure that others with sight loss could be safe. It’s just one of the many selfless ways the grandmother-of-11 has gone out of her way to break down barriers for people with sight loss.
Find out more about Mary Rasmussen on YouTube.
Collaboration of the Year Award, Chief Inspector Nathan Clark
Nathan was the driving force behind revolutionising the way his officers handle reports of dogs attacking guide dogs. When Nathan learned about the issues guide dog owners were having when reporting dog attacks to his officers, he immediately put an action plan in place so all officers are aware of just how devastating attacks on guide dogs are.
Find out more about Chief Inspector Nathan on YouTube.