Local animal saviour is honoured with award

07 July 2004

Local animal saviour is honoured with award

ANIMAL SAVIOUR and owner of the Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust, Ray Dedicoat is being honoured in recognition of his work and commitment to animal welfare with a degree from Aston University.

Ray was born, educated and has lived his whole life in Birmingham. His huge contribution to animal welfare in the Midlands began over 35 years ago when he started doing voluntary work for Elliots who then owned Hollytrees and ran the Midland Rescue Kennels.

He began managing Hollytrees in 1984 after the Elliots bequeathed him half of their estate on their deaths due to his commitment to the trust. He has now quadrupled the work that the Elliots began, with Hollytrees becoming one of the busiest rescue centres in the area. In 1997 the charity became independent from the Animal Welfare Trust so that all money raised is now spent on animal welfare in the Midlands.

Ray is inspirational figure in the region and country, winning Radio WM's Man of the Year award for five consecutive years between 1997 and 2001 beating many recognised figures. His main dedication is to rescuing nervous animals, particularly dogs, and he has travelled the country to fulfil this cause. He also realizes the importance of animal welfare, not only to the animals themselves, but to people.

Ray is from an inspiring family - his brother, Alan Dedicoat, is the 'voice of the balls' on the National Lottery, and works with Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

Ray will be rewarded his MA (Master of Arts) honorary degree at 14.00 on Wednesday 14 July 2004 in the Aston University Great Hall.

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Written by Babs Coombes. For further press information please contact me on 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Notes to editors

Notes to editors: Press photocall will be at 11.30am in the main reception at Aston University. Please call me on the number above if you wish to attend for security clearance.

Press photograph/interview opportunities are also available at the Hollytree Kennels, Hollywood this week. If required please contact me on the above details.

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