Celebrity portrait photographer, Andy Gotts, has teamed up with a host of stars and their canine chums to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Guide Dogs charity.
The collection of pet-based photography includes actor Martin Clunes, chef James Martin and comedian Lee Mack posing with their pooches.
Children’s author and Little Britain star, David Walliams who was photographed with border terriers, Bert and Ernie, praised the work of the charity, saying: “Guide Dogs is such an amazing charity and is one of the first charities you hear about as a child. My dogs mean everything to me so I can only imagine the incredible bond a person has with their guide dog.
“I’m delighted to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first four guide dog partnerships and please get involved with the Guide Dogs Appeal, if you can, to help fund the next 90 years.”
Other big names joining the celebrations include Sir Derek Jacobi, Russell Watson, Tilda Swinton, Nicky Campbell, Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, and Beverley Knight, whose portraits helped to launch this year’s Guide Dogs Appeal to fund life-changing services for people with sight loss.
The series of portraits spearhead a range of fundraising events encouraged by the charity around the theme of ‘90’ years – this could be a 1990s-style party, a 90km walk, or a 90-cake strong bake sale.
Photographer, Andy Gotts, renowned for his portraits of Hollywood superstars such as Paul Newman and George Clooney, volunteered his time as part of a range of activities Guide Dogs is holding to celebrate the anniversary.
Gotts commented: “Needless to say, for my career sight is important, so I have always thought that helping a charity like Guide Dogs that supports people with a vision impairment is something I would love to do.”
Pam White, National Community Fundraising Campaigns Manager, said: “We’re so incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 90 years. This October, we celebrate 90 years since our first four dogs changed those first four lives. Since then, we’ve been there for people with sight loss and those around them – every day and every step of the way.
“As we’ve grown, so have our services, provided by brilliant and dedicated people working alongside our fantastic dogs. It would be great if you can help and support our 90th appeal, so we can continue to support those who need us.
“Sight loss isn’t going away. But neither are we! With new services, new technologies and our amazing staff, dogs and supporters, we plan to double the amount of people we help by 2023, helping them to help people with sight loss live actively, live independently and live well.”
The UK’s first guide dog partnership qualified in October 1931 – and at any one time, the charity is responsible for 8,400 puppies and dogs. To support the Guide Dogs 90-themed appeal, visit their website.