City’s Guide Dog awards

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Three Sheffield volunteers have won awards in recognition of their contribution to the charity Guide Dogs.

George Baird, Alan Alan and Margaret Bone received their awards at the Guide Dogs’ Local Volunteer Awards last week

George, a volunteer driver who donates a lot of his spare time to the charity, scooped the Trustworthy prize, while Alan and Margaret were honoured in the Dedicated to Superior Quality category, Alan and Margaret both volunteer as boarders and provide a home for guide dogs that are going through their advanced training.

Jo Prior, head of mobility services for the local Guide Dogs team, said: “Our volunteers make a huge difference in helping us deliver services to people with sight loss. Locally we have 730 active volunteers who carry out over 1,100 roles. As an organisation we couldn’t function without their ongoing commitment and support and we’re grateful for the time, energy and passion they give to help us make a positive difference to a person’s life.

“Alan and Margaret have looked after over 20 training dogs and, over the years, their flexible approach has helped to provide the best care and environment for the dogs. They put a lot of effort into the role and help guide dogs to deliver a better service to people with sight loss.

“George donates an exceptional amount of his time and, last year, helped to support guide dog owners with sight loss by organising over 170 driver requests. George has been doing the role for over four years and the local Guide Dogs team know they can trust George to deliver.”

Guide Dogs had a record breaking 500 nominations for the awards, which celebrate the valuable contributions and achievements made by the organisation’s dedicated volunteers. Winners from each local event will now be entered for consideration in the Guide Dogs’ Annual People Awards in November.