Forward is Guide Dogs’ magazine for supporters, clients and the general public. First published in 1943, each edition is packed with news, events and stories about the amazing people and dogs involved with us, from owners and volunteers to trainers and fundraisers.
Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of Forward!
This summer marks forty years since guide dog owner and our London Team’s Engagement Officer, Dave Kent, was paired with his first guide dog, Elma. On page 23 you can meet Dave, and read his amazing story of guide dog partnerships over four decades, and how his latest four-legged friend, Chad, enables him to lead a fast-paced London life.
It’s been a busy few months here at Guide Dogs; find out all the latest news on pages six-10, and there’s a warm welcome from our CEO, Tom Wright, and black Labrador, Dolly, on page five.
On page 20 you’ll meet our cover star, Caitlin Leigh, an inspirational young person who is being supported by our Children and Young People’s services. Despite her sight loss, she has performed her own songs to hundreds and won gold at the first national vision impaired Judo competition in 2018.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition of your magazine.