Anne Martin, Trustee of Leicester Animal Aid (LAA), is the first recipient of the Special Recognition Award from the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), awarded at the Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards on Wednesday 20 April.
The Special Recognition Award is awarded to someone who “really shows an extraordinary dedication through long service, and has helped transform a rescue or rehoming organisation”. Described by colleagues as “a humble, compassionate and unselfish individual”, Anne joined Leicester Animal Aid as a volunteer over 18 years ago following retirement and became a Trustee for the charity in 2000.
Claire Horton, ADCH Chairman, said, “Selecting just one individual to pick up this accolade is no easy thing, with so many individuals working and volunteering tirelessly for animal rescue and rehoming centres. Anne bowled us over with her can do attitude and her huge dedication to both her team and the animals in her care. Her passion for her work shone through, and her colleagues were full of praise for a determined, committed, inspirational leader who has put her heart and soul into caring for Leicester’s unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats.”
Keely Furborough, LAA General Manager, nominated her for the award.
“Anne is an inspiration to the entire team at Leicester Animal Aid and leads by example. A very kinds and selfless lady who has dedicated her life to helping animals in need,” she said. “Our founder, Dorothea Farndon, would be proud of Anne’s work ethic and commitment to helping abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats, and she is as generous with her time and support for animals as she is with support for the team of volunteers and staff. We admire her greatly.”
Images by ADCH.