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Guide dog owners chosen as Volunteers' Week ambassadors

04 Jun 2014

Two guide dog owners have been Alan Fletcher withy his guide dogchosen as ambassadors for this year's Volunteers' Week, the annual celebration of the contribution that millions of volunteers across the UK make.

Alan Fletcher, Chairman of the Swindon Guide Dogs fundraising group, and Carol Trigg, who has volunteered for St John Ambulance for 45 years, are two of 30 volunteers selected as ambassadors for the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week. The week is organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Alan became blind when he was 57 and says having a guide dog changed his life, inspiring him to volunteer. He works with local MPs, businesses and the media to raise the profile of events, such as collections, and national issues important to the charity. By working with local councillors and other decision makers, Alan also ensures the needs of partiality sighted people in Swindon are taken on board.

For Carol, the honour of being chosen as a Volunteers' Week ambassador is not the first time she has been recognised for her volunteering work. In March, Carol was named Volunteer of the Year at the St John Ambulance's Everyday Heroes awards. Carol lost her sight in 2012, and now has guide dog Flora at her side when she trains others in life-saving first aid.

Lara Rivans, Guide Dogs' Head of Volunteering, said: "I'm delighted to hear that Alan and Carol have been recognised for their brilliant volunteering work. Both are fantastic examples of the dedication that volunteers across the UK bring to the charities and organisations that they help.

"At Guide Dogs, we simply couldn't achieve our goal of helping people with sight loss to get out and about without the help of our 13,000 volunteers. Each and every one of them play a part in delivering our life-changing services and for that, I'd like to take the opportunity during this Volunteers’ Week to thank them."



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