Animal Carers rewarded
Bland, aged 12, was highly commended at the 1999 awards before winning
the Animal Ark/ RSPCA Young Animal Carer of the Year Award 2000.
IT REALLY is a case of all creatures great and small for
12-year-old Robert Bland, the winner of the Animal Ark®/RSPCA
Young Animal Carer of the Year Award 2000.
Robert, who was highly commended at the 1999 awards, was chosen for
his dedication to animal welfare involving species from bats to elephants.
Robert raises much needed funds for the RSPCA and Chester Zoo and
runs a pet-sitting service in his spare time.
Robert, of Rufford, Lancashire, received his award from BBC TV presenter
Ana Boulter during a presentation ceremony at Planet Hollywood in
London on 2nd November. He won a Virgin holiday for two in Florida,
plus a special trophy and certificate.
Now in its third year, the awards scheme, sponsored by the best-selling
animal book series, Animal Ark, and the RSPCA, rewards schools and
young people who have shown outstanding, ongoing commitment to caring
for animals in the community.
The winning school, Gordons School in Chobham, Surrey, received
a computer and £1,000 of Hodder childrens books. The school
set up an Animal Awareness Club four years ago. Pupils spend two hours
a week in school and countless hours of spare time raising money for
animal charities and learning about animals.
Two runners-up in the individual category won a PGL activity holiday
in Britain. The runner-up school received £500 of Hodder childrens
Judges this year were delighted by the extremely high standard of
entries to the competition. Michaela Miller, editor of the RSPCAs
Animal Action magazine, said: The award has given the RSPCA
a brilliant opportunity to see and acknowledge the hard work of young
people throughout the UK who are doing so much to make things better
for animals. It has been truly inspiring.
Hodder Childrens Books publish the Animal Ark series and also
co-sponsor the awards. Managing Director Mary Tapissier said, The
entries go to show there are lots of real life Mandy Hopes and
James Hunters (the animal friendly stars of the Animal
The judging panel was made up of TV presenter Ana Boulter; David Grant,
RSPCA vet and star of BBCs Animal Hospital; Mary Tapissier, Managing
Director of Hodder Childrens Books; Michaela Miller, editor
of Animal Action magazine; Sue Stafford, RSPCA Inspectorate Staff
Officer; and Ben Baglio, Managing Director of Working Partners Ltd.