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 and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been nominated for the Local Animal Charity of the Year Award.
Representing the charity will be Trevor Weeks, who is WRAS’s founder along with his partner and WRAS’s volunteer co-ordinator Kathy Martyn , plus as WRAS’s assistant casualty care centre managers Kate Cuddis and Lindsay Redfern.
A number of WRAS volunteers will also be attending the event in the audience.
Trevor Weeks, who was awarded the MBE for his animal welfare work, said, “I am so touched that people have nominated us for this award.
“It’s amazing that we have been shortlisted, when you look at how many individuals and organisations there are across the country and the amazing work they do. I am really surprised that we made it onto the shortlist.
“Millions of animals are put to sleep every year because there are not enough people and funds available to help the sheer volume of casualties across the country. I hope this programme inspires more people to get involved in animal welfare and to donate to these good causes.”
Kate Cuddis said, “I’m quite nervous about going, I’ve not been to an event like this before. The last couple of years has been tough, with the economic climate, and we have had to become even more cost effective than we were, to ensure we can continue helping as many casualties as possible. Volunteers and donors have been brilliant at supporting us and keeping us moving onwards and upwards.”
Filmed in front of a live audience and hosted by Paul O’Grady, the event will reward animals in categories that cover military service and bravery as well as conservation and therapy – with the majority of nominees suggested by the public. They will ultimately chosen as winners by a 30-strong jury made up of animal experts, charities and celebrities. The Internet Star Award will be chosen by the public in a vote onthe website at www.itv.com/british animalhonours.
Audiences will also be treated to a choreographic set piece from theatrical spectacular War Horse, a dancing dog troupe led by Kennel Club trainer Gina Pink, and a showcase from the South Wales Police Dog section.
The programme was being filmed at the Elstree Studios, Borehamwood ,yesterday (Thursday). The transmission date is April 18 between 8-10pm.