The awards celebrate outstanding animal charities and individuals who go above and beyond to help animals in need.
Graham, alongside his wife Sylvia, has worked tirelessly to improve cat welfare, providing vital support to Cats Protection over the years.
|Graham and his wife Sylvia with some of the cats they have helped|
Graham brought together six animal charities and spoke to every elected member of the Leeds City Council chamber, to address the need for partnership working to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership among tenants and housing staff. Suggestions included education on neutering and amending tenancy agreements to place a limit on the number of pets in each property.
|Graham and Sylvia have worked tirelessly to improve cat welfare|
Graham was sadly unable to attend the awards ceremony in Birmingham but Cats Protection’s Branch Development Manager Bob Orange was there to pick up the award from ADCH Chairman Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea, on his behalf.
|Cats Protection's Bob Orange and Mark Beazley collected the award|
Claire Horton said: "There have been so many worthy nominations this year, so it's not easy for the judges to pick a winner for this award. But this year, our winner was seen by all of them as truly outstanding, personifying all that’s important about improving welfare for animals and also demonstrating what sheer dedication and determination can achieve.
"Graham has shown real vision and foresight in his work. Developing and maintaining resilience in what is a challenging area of animal welfare, he has created long lasting relationships, educating tenants and housing staff, focussing on the need for working in partnership to raise awareness of animal welfare and so benefiting all who are involved. The programme that has come out of his passion truly works for the city, the community, its people and most importantly its animals.”