Guide Dogs People Awards 2017

The Guide Dogs People Awards event was held in November to recognise our outstanding staff and volunteers for demonstrating our values:

Overall volunteer of the year – Alan Fletcher

Alan was matched with his first guide dog Joy in 2006. She made a huge difference to his life and for the first time since being registered blind, he found his confidence again. Sadly Joy passed away in 2013 but this spurred Alan on to help Guide Dogs by raising money in Joy’s memory. Through his 4Joy Name A Puppy Appeal he has raised £50,000 and named nine guide dog puppies. Since Alan took over as chairman for Swindon fundraising branch eight years ago he has led the group and helped raise nearly £550,000. The funds raised during these years could have named 109 guide dog puppies.  Alan is a truly amazing ambassador for Guide Dogs.

Overall staff member of the year – Gill Jones

Gill created a booklet which is issued to service users who are on the waiting list for a guide dog to support and engage them as they wait for news of a dog. The booklet is a collection of hints, tips and anecdotes written by local guide dog owners and collated by Gill. It is amusing, informative and highly engaging. This booklet started as a local solution and has the potential to help all teams engage with service users who are awaiting training. This is an example of how truly customer focused Gill is.


The winners in each category are: Volunteer Staff
Dedicated to superior quality Margaret Hyslop Michael Hiscox
Trustworthy Brenda Stevenson Amy John
Inclusive and embracing  Rob Fraser Newcastle Mobility Team
Customer focused  Evelyn MacIntosh Gill Jones
Maximising impact  Barbara Grice Committed Giving Team
Passionate and determined Alan Fletcher Sharon Pearlgood