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Guide Dogs Annual Awards Winners 2014 Announced at Glittering Ceremony

11 Dec 2014

Last night the stars came out and joined more than 450 guests at the glittering Guide Dogs Annual Awards, in partnership with Microsoft, to celebrate the life-changing work of Guide Dogs.

Guide dog owner Verity Smith was presented with the headline Inspirational Guide Dog Owner Award. Verity is not only a top-level sportswoman who has competed for Britain as a dressage rider but is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and campaigner.

A host of respected organisations and celebrities including Adrian Chiles, Arabella Weir, Audley Harrison, were there to meet the finalists and present awards to the winners at the sparkling fundraiser.

Classical Brit nominee Camilla Kerslake and North Yorkshire singer/songwriter, 15-year-old Bille Marten, wowed the audience with musical performances that brought a touch of Christmas to the evening.

Top TV sports presenter Adrian Chiles, who hosted the awards, said: “These awards applaud the amazing achievements of guide dogs and their owners as well as some of the fantastic people and organisations that make Guide Dogs’ life-changing work possible. I know what a difference a guide dog can make to someone’s life and I’m delighted to be part of the annual event honouring that unique bond.”

Richard Leaman, Guide Dogs' Chief Executive, said: “The Guide Dogs Annual Awards are a highlight of the year for us. We heard about guide dog owners who have overcome enormous personal challenges. We heard about campaigners who were not afraid to stand up and demand that things change. We heard about experts using their specialised knowledge to help people with sight loss. We met young people with the energy and creativity to make things happen.

"In my five years at Guide Dogs, I have witnessed the huge difference we have made and continue to make to the lives of people living with sight loss. Every moment of the day Guide Dogs is helping people like Verity get to where they want to be in life and the awards evening is a truly inspiring occasion which reminds us of how life-changing our work is.”



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