John has worked voluntarily and tirelessly since 2006 in establishing and developing Blyth
Wildlife Rescue Service – a dedicated wildlife rescue service which now operates 24/7, 365
days of the year. It handles 750 call outs per year from communities across Northumberland
and Tyneside. John has helped care for and rehabilitate over 400 animals annually since
forming the charity. He has developed a countywide network of volunteers that are
registered and who assist him to extend the reach of the work the charity does.
“The service is providing Public Education enabling a whole range of people to become actively involved in wildlife care in Northumberland through initiatives such as Animal Foster Care”
He has built the website, volunteers for ‘on-call’ duties regularly and has handled 4,000 calls
over a seven year involvement. He wants all animals to be treated humanely and is driven by the
vision of creating a safe natural environment which helps many species to proliferate in the
locality. A network of vets now regularly refer local people to the Charity for cases requiring care,
rehabilitation, fostering and adoption.