Northampton volunteer tipped for animal care awards

Christopher Yates
Christopher Yates

A dedicated charity worker from Northampton has reached the final three for a Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award.

Following hundreds of entries, Ceva – one of the fastest growing animal health companies – has announced the shortlist for its annual Animal Welfare Awards.

And Christopher Yates, who has been a volunteer education speaker since 2008, is on the shortlist.

Mr Yates gives talks to local schools, youth groups and other organisations about responsible pet ownership and how to be safe around dogs.

He has also fostered and taken in rescue dogs for many years, many of which have become education dogs and often accompany him during his talks for the Blue Cross animal charity. Mr Yates said: “I give Blue Cross education talks to young people because I believe it makes a difference to them and the welfare of their pets.

“ I was really pleased to be told that I had been nominated for the Ceva Volunteer of the Year Award; to hear that I’d been shortlisted as one of the three finalists was incredible.”

Marion Jones, Blue Cross Education Officer said: “We are delighted Chris has been shortlisted; he thoroughly deserves it. He is a hardworking, committed individual who has a huge passion for animal welfare. He often goes above and beyond to fulfil his role and is a wonderful ambassador for our charity.”

Winners of the awards, now in their fourth year, will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held in Birmingham on April 8.