Illustration student wins Life Changing Partnership Award

First year BA (Hons) Illustration student at Leeds College of Art, Kimberley Burrows, has won the Life Changing Partnership Award at this year’s national Guide Dogs Annual Awards.

The award was presented by Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, to Kimberley at a glamorous awards ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in London and was hosted by Good Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Kimberley joined the College on the Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design), which led to her successfully gaining a place as a BA (Hons) Illustration student. She qualified with her dog Tami in late 2014, and credits Tami with enabling her to make the brave decision to move away from her home in Manchester, to study at Leeds College of Art.

Kimberley Burrows said: “It meant so much to even be nominated, never mind winning! Words cannot describe how honoured I am. It feels like such a celebration of the exhaustive journey I’ve had over the past four years; finally coming to terms with my severe sight impairment and taking steps to battle my social anxiety, learning to read Braille and use accessible technology, cook and prepare food safely and use a cane for a better sense of mobility. Along the way I rediscovered my love of illustrating and, even though the process is very difficult for me with such a small amount of sight, I find it so rewarding. Tami came into my life and catapulted the change I needed to finally be the confident and independent person I am today.”

Watch a short film about Kimberley and the transformational affect her guide dog, Tami, has had on her life – Life Changing Partnership Award or read more about Kimberley and Tami.

Commenting on the Guide Dogs Annual Awards 2017, Steve Vaid, Guide Dogs Acting Chief Executive, said: “It is always a highlight on the calendar when we get the chance to hear heart-warming stories and celebrate the incredible achievements of the people we support and those who help support out charity’s life-changing work. Whether it’s getting out to meet friends, fulfilling career ambitions or helping others, Guide Dogs make sure there is enough support so that no one is left out of life because of their sight loss.”