Our annual People Awards celebrate our incredible volunteers, service users and staff, shining a light on their huge contribution and outstanding achievements.
This year, the winners were announced on 8 November at a glittering awards ceremony at our North West Regional Centre in Atherton, Manchester, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay.
We’re delighted to introduce a new category for 2023, the Hero Dog Award. This is for any of our dogs - guide dog, buddy dog or guide dog mum or dad - who has gone above and beyond, or is just an everyday hero who deserves recognition for everything they do.
Service User awards winners
• Outstanding Person of the Year - Scott Bailey, guide dog owner, Liverpool
• Guide Dog Partnership of the Year – Anica Zeyen and Lassie, Reading
• Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Mason Davies
• Hero Dog Award – Stormzy, buddy dog to Josselin
Volunteer awards winners
• Person-Centred – Marilyn Fisher, Volunteer Voices representative, Speaker, Fundraising group Coordinator, Collection Box Coordinator and Merchandise Coordinator, South East
• Expert – Lisa Allison, Puppy Raiser, Speaker and Fundraiser, North West
• Optimistic – Yvonne Smith, Puppy Raiser and Puppy Fosterer, Midlands
• Partner – Sevenoaks Fundraising Group, South East
• Lead by Example – Catherine Pitney, Fundraising Group Coordinator, Collection Box Coordinator, Merchandise Coordinator and Fundraiser, South West
• Engage – Lynda Browett, My Sighted Guide, South West
• Community My Sighted Guiding Award - Bryan White, South East
• Chairman’s Innovation Award – Terry Quinn, Speaker and Fundraiser, North East.
• The Princess Alexandra Award for Lifetime Achievement – Janet and Clive Evans, Brood and Stud dog Fosterers, Midlands
Staff awards winners
• Person-Centred – Anna Standing, CAS Operations Manager, Midlands and East
• Expert – Pete Lock, National Habilitation Lead, Belfast
• Optimistic – Janine Dixon, Head of Breeding Operations, National Centre
• Partner – Guide Dogs’ Events Team
• Lead by Example – Tony Benham, CAS Operations Manager, North East
• Engage – Anne Rowse, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager, Edinburgh
• Chairman’s Innovation Award – Lisa Knight (Head of Community Fundraising) and team, with credit for volunteer Rob Armstrong
• The Princess Alexandra Award for Lifetime Achievement – Peter Smith, Guide Dog Mobility Specialist, Scotland & Northern Ireland
Congratulations to all the winners and all those nominated!
As it's the end of Guide Dogs Appeal month, to help celebrate the brilliant and unique approach that our fundraisers bring to their role, here's an inspirational story of one of our fundraising volunteers and all the ways he’s given back to help the next generation of guide dogs.
When someone mentions partnership we often think of a dog and owner walking confidently down the street, but this story shows how deep partnership and collaboration goes at Guide Dogs, and the results it can produce.
Janet and Ralph Sample, from Gateshead tell their story as they celebrate 10 years of marriage, just months after they qualified together with their guide dogs Hugo and Chelsea.