Nominations open for RSPCA Honours

Communities / Wed 9th Dec 2015 at 01:39pm

DO you know a youngster with a passion for helping animals, a scientist whose research has helped improve welfare or a volunteer who dedicates all their spare time to supporting the RSPCA? If so we want to hear all about them.

Nominations have opened for the RSPCA Honours, our annual awards ceremony to celebrate those who go the extra mile for animals.

For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been an opportunity to recognise those people and organisations who’ve helped us in our goal to end animal cruelty and protect animals from abuse.

Last year comedian Ricky Gervais scooped an RSPCA Honour for his outstanding contribution to animal welfare.

Super fundraiser Lorraine Carey (pictured) won an award for her raising more than £5,500 for the RSPCA in a number of challenges including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, skydiving over Las Vegas, swimming Lake Windermere.

Dr James Yeates, chief veterinary officer (also pictured), said: “The Honours are a chance to say thank you to the very special people out there who go above and beyond to make life better for animals.

“We love reading through the nominations, some of them are very courageous, humbling and inspiring.

“We want to hear about the volunteers, the youngsters, the organisations, the researchers and the celebrities who are doing great things so we can say thank you on behalf of the animals.”

Last year’s winners included a volunteer RNLI crew from Merseyside who rescued a dog in treacherous conditions and a campaign group who helped introduce Harvey’s Law so that pets killed on Britain’s highways will be scanned and hopefully identified so owners can be informed.

This year categories include:

● The Founders Award to recognise and reward individuals and organisations for their outstanding contribution to animal welfare.

● The Queen Victoria Medals given to RSPCA members or volunteers in recognition of exceptional work and long service.

● The Sir Patrick Moore Award given for outstanding contribution to animal welfare science.

● The William Wilberforce Award for an individual or organisation who has worked to further the link between human and animal welfare.

● The Young Person Award for a person under the age of 16 has shown exceptional kindness and dedication to animals beyond that normally seen.

● The Local and National Media Award for a journalist, broadcaster or media organisation for coverage and/or reporting that contributes to the field of animal welfare.

● The European Animal Welfare Award given in recognition of service to European animal welfare.

● The Overseas Award given for outstanding achievement in animal welfare outside the UK and Europe.

● The Special Investigation Award for an individual or organisation that has undertaken investigative or undercover work in order to expose animal cruelty.

For the first time you can nominate online www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/honours

Nominations close on 1 January 2016. A committee will look at every entry and decide on the winners, who will receive their awards at a ceremony at The Law Society in London on 2 April 2016.

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