Jill's Leading Ladies: The Story of Jill's Six Guide Dogs
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Jill Allen-King OBE

Foreword by:
Ann Frye OBE

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Brief Description: When Jill Allen-King OBE, suddenly lost her sight at the age of 24, with little help and advice available from Social Services she had to teach herself to cope with a whole new way of living that had its own set of challenges to overcome, including looking after her daughter, Jacqueline, born soon afterwards. It wasn’t until seven years later that Jill successfully completed a training course with her first guide dog and finally, after years of being virtually housebound, was able to begin rebuilding her confidence and reclaiming her independence.
Drawing on her own experiences of the problems and dangers that face the blind and partially sighted, as well as those with other mobility difficulties and disabilities, Jill has devoted her life to raising awareness of the needs and rights of the disabled, particularly in regard to access to public buildings, and campaigning for these issues to be considered by householders, businesses, councils and the government. None of this would have been possible without her six guide dogs over the past 40 years: Topsy, Bunty, Brandy, Quella, Lady and her current dog, Amanda.
This book, following close on the heels of Jill’s autobiography, Just Jill, is a heartfelt tribute to her trusted four-legged friends, who have given her companionship, instilled her with confidence and guided her safely in both her personal life and in her incredibly important voluntary work throughout the UK. No one can fail to be inspired by Jill’s perseverance and achievements or by the fantastic work that guide dogs carry out for their owners. Although now in her seventies, with new challenges for those with disabilities always on the horizon, such as electric cars, shared streets and changes to the benefits system, Jill’s contributions to the fight neither cease nor cease to amaze.

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About the Author: Jill Allen-King OBE was born in Southend in 1940, while the Second World War was raging. In spite of being partially sighted, she was able to enjoy a fairly normal childhood and, on achieving a catering qualification, worked as a cook. On losing her sight completely at the age of 24 she embarked on a journey of self-rehabilitation, gradual readjustment and learning, until she finally regained her confidence and independence. She has never allowed the fact that she has lost her sight to hold her back, and has dedicated the rest of her life to voluntary work, campaigning tirelessly to improve facilities for blind and disabled people.
Jill currently chairs the European Blind Union Commission on Mobility and Transport, a position she has held for the past 13 years, and is Public Relations Officer for the National Federation of the Blind. She is also a Trustee of Disability Essex, and Ricability, and is Patron of Trust Links Southend.
She was awarded the MBE in 1983 and the OBE in 2011. Jill lives in Essex with her second husband, Alvin, who is also blind, and her sixth guide dog, Amanda. She has one daughter, Jacqueline and two grandchildren, Joseph and Emily. Jill's autobiography Just Jill was published in July 2010 by Apex Publishing Ltd.

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