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.
"It was an amazing experience, and I felt very out of place being there, but the staff were very light-hearted and calm, they had everything in order and well planned and everything was very smooth. I was one of the last batch of people to be shown through to receive my award. We were told how to approach, wait for your surname to be read out, then walk forward, turn, bow, then approach Prince Charles. He asked me where I came from, how long have I been doing it for, and said he was pleased that my work had been noticed and that I was receiving the award. It seemed to pass very quickly" said Trevor Week MBE.
"I am glad I have proven so many people wrong about where I was going with my life and voluntary work. I might be poor but I am so much happier as a result. I'm glad I am achieving something with my life. I am disappointed that my mum is not alive to witness and hope that she would have been proud of me. It was very nice to meet up with Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne afterwards and very grateful for him to take time out of his busy schedule to meet me and my family, WRAS does more work in his constituency than any other and he has always been very supportive of our work even before he was an MP" added Trevor.
"I must reiterated that the work we do within WRAS would not be possible if it was not for the volunteers and supporters of our charity, they are the backbone of the charity and it would not be possible for us to rescue the volume of animals we care for without their dedicated support" said Trevor.
Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, stated: "I have known Trevor for many years and the passion, commitment and leadership he and the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service show through their care and protection of animals is second to none. His constant, tireless work in rescuing, looking after and protecting our Sussex wildlife is admirable on so many levels. The least he deserves is an MBE but he also receives the appreciation and respect of all Eastbourne and East Sussex for everything he does."
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