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."
"I opened the letter whilst in a long queue of traffic on my way to the Casualty Centre one morning, I had to pull over into a lay-by to re-read it several times. To say the least, I was shocked. I never thought I would ever be accepted for anything like this. I feel privileged to be named for such an prestigious award" said Trevor.
Final confirmation came on 16th June when the Honours List was published in the London Gazette and some national newspapers. Trevor is now awaiting an invite to an Investiture organised by the Central Chancery of the Order of Knighthood, in St James's Palace. Once this has taken place WRAS hope to hold a small celebration as a thank you to its supporters and volunteers.
"I would like to express my personal thanks to all our loyal volunteers and supporters without whom WRAS would not exist and my role helping wildlife would not be possible. I do not see this award as being mine, but as a national acknowledgement of everyone past and present who have helped make me who I am and have made my involvement in WRAS what it is today" said Trevor.
"I feel deeply honoured to receive this award, and I hope this will help bring in funding and prove our commitment to help wildlife in need" added Trevor.
Notes to Editors:
Trevor Weeks founded East Sussex WRAS in 1996, but has been undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work since 1985 when he was just 13. Trevor was born in Eastbourne in 1972 and has spent all of his life living around East Sussex, at Hailsham, Peacehaven, Seaford and Uckfield.
It is estimated that Trevor has now been on call helping wildlife in need for over 145,000 hours and helped rescue approximately 50,000 animals over the last 27 years.
Trevor is keen to stress that he would not be receiving this award if it was not for the help and support of WRAS's supporters, its volunteers and committee.
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