Published December 14th, 2015 | News


Inspirational Wirral resident wins at the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015

Lynette Proctor and her guide dog, Pippa, were presented with the Guide Dog of the Year – Life Changing Partnership Award at the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015.

Lynette Proctor and Pippa on the red carpet

Lynette Proctor and Pippa on the red carpet

The 27-year-old, from Wallasey, was left completely isolated when she went blind at 21. Lynette had depression, panic attacks and was unable to leave her home on her own until she was partnered with her guide dog Pippa, who changed her life forever. The freedom and independence that Pippa gives Lynette has allowed her to do things she never thought possible. Lynette went back to college, got a full-time job, and now does dare devil fundraising feats such as scuba diving with sharks, zip wiring and is a volunteer for the charity Guide Dogs.

Comedian, writer and presenter Dave Spikey, presented Lynette with her award. Lynette says: “I can’t believe we won! It was such an amazing night filled with so many inspirational people. Winning was just an incredible way to celebrate everything I have achieved since getting Pippa nearly three years ago.

“Pippa loved the red carpet and all the attention she got. I’m not sure if she completely understands how much she has changed my life for the better, but she continues to unconditionally stand beside me in whatever I choose to do, and I hope she knows how much I am grateful for that.

“Every guide dog is life changing. Pippa is just an example of the amazing kindness, love and dedication everyone at Guide Dogs provides on a daily basis. From her volunteer puppy walkers, Liz and Steve, to everyone in the Guide Dogs Liverpool team, we would not be where we are today without them!

“Applying for a guide dog was the best decision I have ever made. The two years I spent stuck at home dependant on other people are a long way in the past. Now I look forward to what the future holds and enjoy every day of the freedom and independence Guide Dogs has given me.”

The Guide Dogs Annual Awards ceremony took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 9 December 2015, in partnership with Royal Canin.

Stars who graced the red carpet included designer and star of TOWIE, Lydia Bright, television and radio presenter Vogue Williams, Formula One presenter Natalie Pinkham and comedian, writer and presenter, Dave Spikey.

The Guide Dogs Annual Awards celebrates the work of the charity Guide Dogs and honours the passion and determination of everyone who makes its life-changing work possible.

Commenting on the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2015, Chief Executive Richard Leaman said:

“As a charity our work has never been so vital. There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss and this is set to double by 2050. This year’s winners are truly inspirational and demonstrate that with the right support, people living with sight loss can achieve their dreams, big and small.”

Comedian, writer and presenter David Spikey added:

“Tonight I have been moved and inspired by the amazing Guide Dogs Annual Awards finalists. It has been an honour to share this celebration with the award finalists and is a testament to the life-changing work of the charity, Guide Dogs.”

Follow the awards at #GDAA2015 and find out more about the winners at

To donate £5 to Guide Dogs Wirral, please text WDOG85 and then £5 to 70070.

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