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Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2013 - it's tonight!

11 Dec 2013

A Hilton doorman holding a guide dog puppySo you've heard about the shortlist but now we need your help to start the awards with a social bang! Please sign up for our Thunderclap – where a barrage of tweets are released at exactly the same time, like a clap of thunder. It’s free and very simple to do – simply follow the steps on our page of the Thunderclap website.

We’ve also been featuring some of our finalists’ stories on our Facebook page over the last few days, so do take a look and give them a ‘like’ to show your support!

The finalists are:

Guide Dog of the Year - Beyond the Call of Duty
Beth Dawes and guide dog Annie,
Emma Free and guide dog Jazz,
Janice Heatherington and guide dog Zeus.

Guide Dog of the Year - Life Changing
Janette Chalmers and guide dog Vogue,
Mahomed Khatri and guide dog Vargo,
Connor Thompson and buddy dog Cassie.

Guide Dog of the Year - Outstanding Work
Andy Guiel and guide dog Delphi,
Andrea Hope and guide dog Zeta,
Geoff Smart and guide dog Oscar.

Breaking Down Barriers
Anna Beresford,
Diane Marks,
Microsoft.

Inspirational Guide Dog Owner
Maggi Burgess,
Steve Cunningham,
Konrad Galen-Bisping.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lamont Forbes,
Joan Hattersley,
Jean McKeany,
Sheila Tyrrell.

Partner of the Year
Gamelab,
Microsoft,
Newcastle Children's Vision Team,
Transport For London.

Volunteer of the Year - Fundraiser of the Year
Anna Chouler,
Glenn Mann,
Danny Rooney.

Volunteer of the Year - Outstanding Dedication
Blair Horse Trials,
Jo Davis,
Sandra Hoffman.

Volunteer of the Year - Young People's Award
Colston's School, Bristol,
Rachel Patterson,
Charlotte Stephenson.

Young Persons Achievement (in partnership with NBCS)
Charlotte Stephenson,
Torie Tennant.

The awards will be held this Wednesday, 11 December, 2013. You can get hear which of our finalists have won via our live Twitter feed on the night – the hashtag we’ll be using is #lifechanging. We’ll also be posting the winners on the awards pages afterwards!
  
If you're a journalist and you'd like to cover the awards, please contact Guide Dogs’ PR Team on 0118 983 0183, but please only call this number if you're a member of the media.



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