Founder of vandal-hit wildlife centre is honoured

John Anderson with Baroness Cox and Will Gore.
John Anderson with Baroness Cox and Will Gore.

The founder of a south east Northumberland wildlife charity which was hit by vandals, has been honoured with a British Citizen Award.

John Anderson, who founded Blyth Wildlife Rescue in 2006, has been recognised at an awards ceremony in London for his exceptional contribution to the community and being an inspiration to other British citizens.

The ceremony, held at the House of Lords in London, was presented by TV personality Michael Underwood and hosted by Baroness Cox.

John was one of 28 people selected from hundreds of nominations last year to receive a medal from the British Citizen Awards.

John said: “It was an incredible experience to be in such good company with other award winners in such elegant surroundings.

“I am very grateful to the British Citizen Awards for recognising the work I have done over the last nine years.

“This award is not just for me, its for all our supporters over the years who together have allowed us to continue year after year through good times and bad.”

The award comes only weeks after John and charity volunteers were dealt a major blow after a mindless act of vandalism to the charity’s premises in Newcastle, which brought the charity to its knees after years of tireless work and dedication.

For more information about the work of Blyth Wildlife Rescue or to make a donation, visit or call 07910 643122.

Donations to the charity can also be made by texting WILD16 followed by £2/£5/£10 to 70070