Guide Dogs People Awards

06 Nov 2015

People Awards Opening

The Birmingham Hilton Metropole was the beautiful setting for Guide Dog's People Awards in October, recognising staff and volunteers who live our values.

And here's what you've all been waiting for, the winners:

Overall Volunteer of the Year - James Preston

James regularly takes his dog Vince to a local hospice to visit patients and their families. As a result of this voluntary work James  became a qualified bereavement listener. James lost his sight due to a violent attack at work and James and Vince go to talk to Young Offenders as part of their Victim Awareness sessions.  James uses his own experiences to reach another audience.

Overall Younger Volunteer of the Year - Freddie Cannell

 Ten year old Freddie has been a keen supporter for 5 years. He has been involved in numerous events to raise money including the Junior Great North Run. Earlier this year Freddie undertook his greatest challenge to date trekking 100km across the Sahara Desert!

Overall Staff Member of the Year - Linda Gooding

Linda lives, sleeps and breathes Guide Dogs. Her manner is open, genuine and extremely welcoming and supportive. She's always first to offer to participate in fundraising events and has supported service user groups within the local community for many years. Linda's tireless work ethic, enthusiasm and enjoyment of her work makes her a Guide Dogs role model.


Staff winners in each category

Dedicated to Superior Quality: Tracey Leigh

Trustworthy: Andy Gatenby

 Inclusive and Embracing (decided by an employee vote): Linda Gooding

Customer Focussed: Gareth Evans

Maximising Impact: Vision UK Delivery Team (Jackie Webster, Bernadette Dawes, John Shelton, Kirsty Necker, Chris Rose, Lauren Williams)

Passionate and Determined: Anne-Marie Coles


Volunteer winners each category

Dedicated to Superior Quality: Liz McAlpine and Gill Blythe

Trustworthy: Sarah Pickin

Inclusive and Embracing: James Preston

Customer Focussed: Barry Foster

Passionate and Determined: Freddie Cannell


Congratulations to all our winners and nominees!



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Overall Volunteer Winner James Preston

People Awards Inclusive And Embracing winner James Preston

People Awards Overall Young Volunteer winner Freddie Cannell

People Awards Inclusing And Embracing winner Linda Gooding

Vision 2020 Team, winners of the Maximising Impact award

Sarah Pickin collecting her Trustworthy award