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Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Award winners announced


The winners of the Petplan and Association of Dogs and Cats Homes Animal Charity Awards were announced this week in a glittering ceremony at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole.

Petplan’s head of marketing, Isabella von Mesterhazy, comments: “We’re delighted to announce the deserving winners of the Animal Charity Awards 2016. All finalists and winners should feel very proud of this great achievement; it’s testament to their hard work in furthering the well-being of the animals in their care.

“Each and everyone of the individuals and teams nominated go above and beyond in their mission to improve animal welfare and it’s brilliant to be able to celebrate them through these awards.”

The winners for each of the categories are:

Animal Charity Team of the Year

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, London

In response to being named the category winners, the team at The Mayhew Animal Home said: “Winning this Petplan award feels unbelievable. For us to get this recognition means so much, especially as we’re celebrating our 130th year this year! We’re just so proud of the whole team at Mayhew and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Petplan for making this brilliant event happen.”

Particularly impressive for the panel of judges was the level of dedication displayed by every member of the Mayhew team – everyone working in the charity is passionate about their individual roles. They strive to create a relaxed and homely environment and take pride in ensuring the correct person is matched to the correct animal on every occasion.

Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year

Heather Armstrong of The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust in Ockley, Surrey
In response to being named the category winner, Heather said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out – there were so many wonderful finalists and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been chosen as the winner. I so appreciate Petplan holding these awards, as it’s hugely important to give more recognition to the whole animal charity industry. Thanks to everyone who was involved in nominating!”

Particularly impressive for the panel of judges was Heather’s incredible energy for

improving animal welfare and educating wherever and whenever possible. Heather makes time for every individual and every animal, and nothing is too much trouble.

Her positive, can-do attitude motivates everyone she meets, making her an inspiration to many.

Animal Charity Employee of the Year

Ryan Neile from the Blue Cross in Burford, Oxfordshire

In response to being named the category winner, Ryan said: “It felt amazing when I found out I’d won – it’s really a reflection of all the great teams I work with! Huge thanks to all those who nominated me. This feels like a dream!”

Particularly impressive for the panel of judges was the extent to which Ryan has dedicated his life to helping pets, having worked with the Blue Cross for an impressive 27 years. He always goes beyond the call of duty and is an inspiration to all of his colleagues. With 12 rehoming centres, four hospitals, and a large network of rehoming fosterers, Ryan’s role in Behaviour Support consists of various and varied tasks, all of which he carries out with the utmost enthusiasm.

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