A local animal charity has won a national award for its work helping sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) picked up the award at the first ITV1 British Animal Honours Awards which was hosted by Paul O'Grady.
Volunteers from a local Sussex animal charity have been nominated for a national animal welfare award.
The British Animal Honours 2013 is a brand new ITV event celebrating the achievements of the country's most extraordinary animals and the people who work with them. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been nominated for the Local Animal Charity of the Year Award.
East Sussex WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE was nominated for and won the Animal Welfare Award in the BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Awards at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, on Thursday 13th December 2012.
Almost two months since receiving his MBE Trevor Weeks attended the prestigious awards after being nominated in the first ever Animal Welfare Award run by the BBC local radio. Virginia McKenna presented the Animal Welfare Award to Trevor towards the end of the evening. Virginia McKenna is best remembered for her 1966 role as Joy Adamson in the true-life film Born Free for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe. Bill Travers, her real life husband, co-starred with her, portraying conservationist George Adamson, and the experience led them to become active supporters for wild animal rights and the protection of their natural habitat. Virginia McKenna appeared in An Elephant Called Slowly, a travelogue of what it was like years ago in Kenya. The film features her close friend conservationist George Adamson and also elephants Eleanor (brought up by conservationist Daphne Sheldrick) and young Pole Pole. The subsequent premature death of Pole Pole in London Zoo lead to Virginia McKenna and her husband launching the Zoo Check Campaign in 1984 and to establishing the "Born Free Foundation" in 1991.
Trevor Weeks was yesterday presented his MBE by HRH Prince of Wales at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
Trevor traveled to London where his father and stepmum paid for him and his partner Kathy to stay overnight before going to the Palace on Thursday 25th October.
On the 16th June 2012 WRAS founder Trevor Weeks was named in the Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The first he knew of this was when a letter arrived a month ago from the Cabinet Office stating "The Prime Minister has asked me to inform you, that having accepted the advice of the Head of the Civil Service and the Main Honours Committee, he proposes to submit your name to the Queen. He is recommending that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Birthday 2012 Honours List."
Local animal rescuer Trevor Weeks has been awarded a prestigious Animal Rescue Award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords yesterday.
Trevor was praised for his 25 years dedicating most of his life to helping sick, injured and orphaned wildlife across the UK.
Written jointly by the International Fund For Animal Welfare and East Sussex WRAS.
A dedicated East Sussex animal hero who has helped rescue an estimated 15,000 wildlife casualties is to receive a special award in recognition of more than 25 years of tireless work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) at the House of Lords.