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Guide Dogs Annual Awards Winners Announced

13 Dec 2013

(l to r) Pamela Relph MBE, Martin Clunes and Naomi Riches MBE at the Guide Dog of the Year AwardsMore than 400 guests including 30 gorgeous guide dog puppies, attended the star studded Guide Dogs Annual Awards, in partnership with Specsavers.

A host of respected organisations and celebrities including Adrian Chiles, Martin Clunes, Chris Robshaw, Joanna Page, Jade Ewan, Martin Lewis and David Blunkett MP, attended the prestigious fundraising event, mingling with finalists and of course adorable puppies, who are on their way to becoming life changers.

A number of musical performances entertained guests including pop artist and winner of The Voice UK Andrea Begley who sang an acoustic version of her well known song ‘Angel’ and classical star Camilla Kerslake who encouraged the audience to sing along to ‘White Christmas’.

Event host Adrian Chiles, one of television's most versatile and sought after presenters, said: “These awards reveal the ultimate partnership between dog and owner, a partnership which transforms and saves lives. One of my best friends is a guide dog owner and luckily for me I have been privy to witness a bond which is just unimaginable. It’s both stunning and admirable, and one which more people should be lucky enough to witness and be completely moved by.”

Richard Leaman, Guide Dogs Chief Executive, said: "Our awards are incredibly important, they recognise all the vital elements necessary to build our life-changing partnerships – the dogs, the trainers, the owners, and all those involved in making these relationships happen, flourish and naturally be part of everyday life.

“Every day, I am constantly amazed by someone I’ve met, spoken to or heard about in this fantastic organisation. Like guide dog Jazz, who remarkably went way beyond her call of duty and not only saved her owner (Emma Free) from being hit by a lorry but also her two young children. Or Lamont (Forbes) who has dedicated over 35 years volunteering for Guide Dogs and at 84 years old is still as determined as ever. Hearing these incredible real-life stories is life-affirming and inspirational.

“Guide Dogs is transforming lives every day, remarkably without any government funding, and it’s fantastic to come together tonight to celebrate the work we do, and to fundraise so we can do more of it!"

The evening celebrated the life changing work of Guide Dogs, while also raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to enable one of Britain’s best loved charities to continue making a huge difference to those who experience visual impairment.

Guide Dog Awards event