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ITV This Morning meet Emily Davison to highlight important role of guide dogs

17 Sep 2015

Emily And UnityEmily Davison, 21, joined ITV This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the sofa today (17 September) to talk about how her guide dog Unity is helping her achieve her goals. During her visit to the studio, Emily also met Clover – the show’s resident guide dog puppy who is being followed through puppy training.

On live TV, Emily spoke about her devotion to proving that sight loss is no barrier to achieving what you want to in life – and looking good while doing it. As well as graduating from Goldsmith University in English Literature last week, and currently preparing to study an MA in Children’s literature, she has also built an internet following through her popular blog, FashionEyesta, which aims to make fashion more accessible to people with sight loss.

Emily was born with a rare medical condition called septo optic dysplaysia, which affects early brain development, and people with the disease often experience sight loss. The 21-year-old spent much of her childhood, teenage and young adult life in hospital having operations and tests, and taking large amounts of medication just to maintain her health. She is now completely blind in her right eye, and has only 10% vision in her left.

In spite of her condition, Emily has always remained optimistic, cheerful, outgoing and most of all, determined. She endured years of bullying and ridicule from fellow school pupils, but rather than sitting around feeling sorry for herself, Emily spent her life at home studying. She won a full scholarship to study her degree in English literature at Goldsmiths University.

In July 2012, Emily was partnered with her beloved guide dog, Unity. Emily’s life changed forever, as Unity gave her the courage to grow from strength to strength. Unity allowed Emily to begin a new chapter of independence, as she was able to travel far and wide to research topics for her blog.

And when she is not studying or blogging, Emily and Unity are regular Guide Dogs volunteers, giving up her time to help us raise the profile of our life-changing work. The pair are the stars of our interactive YouTube video about the dangers of quiet electric and hybrid vehicles for people with sight loss (and all pedestrians). This dynamic duo are also supporting Guide Dogs Week 2015 by making a series of vlogs, with topics following the week’s theme of ‘Let’s Glow’ – so neon hair, make-up and clothes will all feature!