National award for ardent Guide Dogs supporter

Lamont Forbes, who won Guide Dogs' Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lamont Forbes, who won Guide Dogs' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Friockheim man Lamont Forbes has won a top award from Guide Dogs in recognition of his decades of support for the organisation.

Mr Forbes was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s national Guide Dogs Annual Awards, which were held in the London Hilton earlier this month.

The awards, in partnership with Specsavers, celebrate the extraordinary partnerships between guide dogs and their owners, as well as the dedication of the people who make these partnerships possible.

Mr Forbes began supporting the organisation in 1975 and since then his roles have included volunteer liaison officer, Guide Dogs speaker and branch chairman.

In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to Guide Dogs and these days is likely to be found hosting tours at Guide Dogs Forfar Training School. He has also raised thousands of pounds for the organisation over the years by organising popular Songs of Praise services held throughout the summer in Glenprosen Church.

Although he was unable to attend the ceremony, guests watched a short video about Mr Forbes and his story.

He said: “I’m obviously very pleased to have been announced the winner. It was something I had never expected, or indeed looked for, as my volunteering roles have been such a joy and privilege to carry out.”

Logan Anderson, training school manager, said the staff are delighted that Mr Forbes’ dedication has been recognised.

He said: “Lamont is an exceptional ambassador for Guide Dogs Scotland. You can’t put a price on his contribution over the years, which has remained absolute and steadfast. We’re all delighted.”