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Josie smiling in her garden

Within 24 hours of birth, Josie suffered a stroke causing her to have issues with her vision. After serval difficult years with no support, Josie's parents got the idea to call Guide Dogs and haven't looked back since.

Buddy dog, Molly, sitting proudly in a garden

Growing up had many challenges for Grace and her family but they overcame them together. And now, having been matched with a buddy dog, a whole new world has been opened up for six-year-old Grace.

Will and his mum on the sofa looking at an iPad screen

Will received an iPad from Guide Dogs to help with independence and homework since transitioning to senior school. His mum explains the difference it's made.

Outline of girl on her graduation day

As a university student with a vision impairment, Suhaylah had to show university staff that it wasn't going to stop her achieving her dream of working with children. 

A boy walking to school with his mum and holding her hand

Namit enjoyed his primary education within a mainstream school. So when it was time for him to go on to secondary school, we worked with Namit's family to make sure he continued to thrive at the right school for him. 

Mia walking outside with long cane and Guide Dogs habiliation specialist

Like any other teenager, Mia just wanted to be independent and go out with her friends. With help from her Guide Dogs habilitation specialist, she gained the confidence and skills to do just that.

Ellis patting his buddy dog, Ralph, in a forest

On days when it's too bright for Ellis' eyes, he misses out on playing with his friends. Buddy dog, Ralph, has helped Ellis feel a lot better and gave him someone very special to talk to.

Jago and buddy dog Sam sit and play together in the woodland

When buddy dog Sam joined Jago's family in June, he instantly became Jago's best friend, giving security and companionship that has completely transformed their lives.

Nell outside wearing a hat

Nell was born with glaucoma – making her one in six billion. But this didn't stop her mum promising her she would be able to do whatever she wanted.

Caitlin playing a keyboard

Caitlin was born with congenital glaucoma but that hasn't stopped her performing her songs for hundreds of people and training with the British judo VI team.

Oashia sitting on blue gymnastics block with Guide Dogs habilitation specialist

Although Oashia has no sight at all, her Guide Dogs habilitation coach, Helen, is helping her get the most out of life - including doing gymnastics and horse riding!

Alma and her sister Suzie, using their white canes, out walking with their parents

Alma has nystagmus and Leber congenital amaurosis; her younger sister Suzie has the same condition. So Mum, Sophie, found attending a family weekend invaluable.

Logan with his Guide Dogs buddy dog Dan

Leaving the house for Logan Jewell, who was born without sight, was always difficult. But when buddy dog Dan joined the family, he gave Logan the confidence to have fun and enjoy life.

Fin reading a custom eyes book

Fin just wanted to be the same as all the other children in his class and who knew that that would lead to a love of reading, the theatre and playing the piano!

Rebecca travelling on a bus

The eye condition hypothalamic astrocytoma has not stopped Rebecca from applying to do a professional cookery course at college later this year.