This week British Airways sponsored the inaugural Special Needs Awards Ceremony for our volunteers at The Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, situated alongside the Thames at The House of Lords. Lord Dubs opened the ceremony, on 21st July, with an inspiring speech about the work of The Animal Sanctuary UK. The work of the special needs volunteers being the underpinning ideals of the awards, he described how well-suited The Animal Sanctuary is in helping these volunteers feel part of a community. He explained that these awards were a great opportunity to celebrate achievements with our special needs volunteers whilst highlighting the breadth of activity for volunteers the Animal Sanctuary can provide. The volunteers were joined by a host of special guests at the event. Nicholas Ball, one of our patrons, and Amanda Root then each read a letter from people whose lives had been changed and enriched through their volunteer work with the animals. Next up was the dashing Eamonn Holmes, who announced the awards to our overjoyed recipients. Their achievements were proudly celebrated in front of family, friends and invited guests, the sense of community was evident by the number of people that attended to support the volunteers. We are extremely grateful to British Airways for sponsoring this event.
Special Needs Awards Ceremony at The House of Lords 21st July 2015