The amazing achievements of people who have transformed the lives of many animals were celebrated in the first ever RSPCA Honours. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at the RSPCA’s headquarters on Saturday (September 11).

The amazing achievements of people who have transformed the lives of many animals were celebrated in the first ever RSPCA Honours.

Mark Evans, head of the RSPCA's companion animals departmentFrom wildlife heroes and branch volunteers to an undercover reporter who infiltrated the world of organised dog fighting, the RSPCA Honours 2010 celebrate the extraordinary work of people dedicated to improving animal welfare.

The awards were presented on Saturday (September 11) during a special ceremony at the RSPCA’s headquarters in Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex.

RSPCA chief executive Mark Watts said: “The RSPCA is here for the greater good of animal welfare and these awards recognise the amazing people who are integral to the success of the society. They have transformed the lives of many, many animals and are a true inspiration to us all.

“The work carried out by the RSPCA could not be done without the goodwill of the nation and the dedication of the people here today. It’s vital we recognise them and celebrate their efforts and achievements.”

 


Winners included:
 

Trevor Williams, The Fox Project, Pembury, Kent (Elsie MJ Evans Bronze Award)
Trevor has dedicated 30 years of his life to the welfare of foxes and formed the Fox Project which now has 4 ambulance drivers, 3 admin staff, 100 volunteers and 40 satellite convalescence and rehabilitation sites.

Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Oxford (Lord Erskine Silver Award)
Andrew has pioneered a pro-animal attitude in the Church of England and organised a conference that focused on the links between cruelty to animals and violence to humans.

Posthumous award winner Steve Ibinson's sister Sharon  Wilson and  wife Marion IbinsonDemi and Georgia Stevens, Bonymaen, Swansea (Charlotte Wright Award)
Demi and Georgia volunteer at the RSPCA’s animal centre in Llys Nini, Wales. They feed and groom cats and help socialise them. They and their family also foster some of the cats until they have homes to go to.

Steve Ibinson, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland
(Richard Martin Gold Award)
The late Steve, an undercover reporter, was key to a hugely successful RSPCA Special Operations Unit operation. He spent 18 months infiltrating the horrific world of organised dog fighting, leading to the RSPCA’s successful prosecution of nine individuals, five of which were sent to prison.

 

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