5 July 2011

Wildlife Ambassador Graham celebrates after win at Green Awards

On Monday 4th July, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph Green Awards took place at the Marriott Hotel here in the city. Froglife was there with Wildlife Ambassador Graham Patton, who was a finalist for the Green Volunteer Award.  Competition was stiff between the three finalists, and we are proud to announce that Graham won!
Graham with his certificate and award
Project Officer Laura Brady, who nominated Graham, went along and could see how much this award meant to Graham and kept her fingers crossed!  Graham was accompanied by girlfriend Donna and friend Cat as well as another Wildlife Ambassador, Ash Jarvis.  The ladies cheered him on as part of the large supportive crowed for all the finalists to celebrate their hard work.

The event was sponsored by a number of local organisations representing green and renewable ethics, including headline sponsor AB Agri, prize sponsor Van Hage and judging was assisted by The Peterborough Environmental City Trust. There were 11 awards, with the Green Volunteer Award sponsored by Opportunity Peterborough.

This award was first in the line-up so Graham's supporters sat quietly as the presenter spoke about all the hard work Graham had done. When his name was called Graham had to make the big walk up to the stage as everyone in the room gave him a loud round of applause.

‘I was so nervous before the event and didn’t know what to expect,’ said Graham. ‘It felt like I was walking for miles before I reached the stage, I was so excited I didn’t know what to do!’

Hugs were shared as the messages from other Froglife staff came flooding in.  We are all so delighted and proud of
Graham, who has volunteered for over 180 hours on the Wildlife Ambassador Project. The project is funded by Access to Nature to give people looking for work or employment new opportunities.  On top of a promotion in his new role as a care assistant, this award is a well deserved pat on the back for this enthusiastic and caring young man.

Graham won a fantastic glass award and framed certificate as well as a tomato plant, blueberry bush and teddy bear, which he is looking forward to planting in his new garden.

Graham with his winnings!

Photos and information of all the winners on the night will be featured in the Peterborough E.T. on Wednesday 6th July.
You can find out more about Froglife's Wildlife Ambassador project:
You can support our work conserving reptiles and amphibians like toads for as little as £1.50 a month. Sign up as a Froglife Friend and help save species and habitats here.

Photos by Laura Brady

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