on 10 September, 2018

Anne Brummer, trustee and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and CEO of Dr Brian May's Save Me Trust receives a national award for Services to Wildlife

Congratulations to our CEO, Anne Brummer who has won the prestigious Animal Hero Award 2018 for services to wildlife.

Dr Brian May said: I can’t give you a full impression of what Anne Brummer does in a few moments. All I can say is that she has benefitted wildlife in this country for a few years now”

Anne and Brian’s dynamic partnership began with the release of foxes and Badgers on the grounds of Brian’s estate - that has now become a forever home for wildlife.

The chance discovery of a hedgehog trapped in wire fencing has led to radical changes in the life of Anne Brummer and the thousands of wild animals she now helps heal and get back to the wild every year.

Anne explains “I was walking my dog when I noticed a hedgehog trapped in a wire fence, his back legs were bleeding. I had some cutters in my bag - no surprise to anyone that knows me - and cut away the fencing around the hedgehog and took him to the vets”

 “I didn’t know at the time that this was the right thing to do, the vet removed the fencing and said the hedgehog would need a few days rest and monitoring - and handed it back to me” 

 “Before the hedgehog was released I had already taken in some other animals - and, as they say - the rest was history!”

Anne set up Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, initially from her home in Camberley, but the volume of wildlife needing their help increased and the charity moved to Windlesham almost ten years ago. Today, Anne heads up a team of over 50 volunteers and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue helps thousands of sick, injured and orphaned animals every year. Harper Asprey helps all wild animals but has become particularly well known for its work with hedgehogs, helping around 600 hedgehogs last year alone.

 In addition to the direct work of helping animals the charity launched the Amazing Grace Campaign - that is saving Britain’s hedgehog’s - one village at a time. Harper Asprey’s home village of Windlesham was the first ‘Hedgehog Friendly” village and has already been joined by four other wards within Surrey Heath, with West End set to become the fifth ward with its own Grace Day community event at the Hare and Hounds on Saturday 29th September.

Anne has been running a wildlife education programme in local schools for many years and often meets parents who still remember her talks on wildlife in the early days. Local schools are keen to book the wildlife talks, that link to the curriculum and some schools now have soft release areas for hedgehogs as part of the Amazing Grace campaign.

Anne has dedicated her life to wild animals and working to ensure that the area has suitable habitat that works for people and wildlife. We were thrilled that Anne was nominated for the Animal Hero Services to Wildlife award and delighted when she won the award at the ceremony in London last week.

Anne said; “It’s incredible to have received this recognition but I share this with our amazing volunteers. We couldn’t continue to help wildlife without their remarkable dedication and hard work” Many of them have been volunteering with us for a number of years but this is a special day for all of them for their care and commitment”

Anne is also CEO of Save Me Trust that she co-founded with Queen guitar legend Brian May. Back in 2009, William Hague announced that the then, Conservative opposition would repeal the Hunting Act and allow the hunting of wild mammals to begin again in England and Wales. 

Anne said ‘Brian and I was shocked and saddened that a political party would even consider reintroducing cruelty back to our country - W knew something had to be done” Within weeks the Conservative Party announced plans to introduce Badger culling in a misguided attempt to resolve the issue of bovine TB

Anne said “ I had read the RBCT report and what the Government was saying wasn’t what I was reading, It was clear they didn’t know anything about Badgers” - for us, that was it and Brian and I decided to form a new charity - called Save Me - to Give wild animals a voice.

Anne continues “That was nearly 10 years ago. Since then we have protected the Hunting Act. David Cameron attempt to repeal the act by using an SI (Statutory Instrument) ended in failure and when the Hunting card turned toxic for Theresa May in last years General Election when she failed to maintain an overall majority” Hunting has no place in a modern society It needs to be confined to the history books immediately”

Save Me is one of the most dynamic wildlife campaign groups in the world. With Dr Brian May, Anne is the driving force at Save Me, often working behind the scenes. “Wildlife deserves and needs or protection. If we do not protect it it will not survive. 52% of our Wildife has disappeared in the last 20 years. It is happening on our watch and incumbent on us all to find a solution. We must engage with government, big business, developers and the farming communities to find a sustainable solution that is workable before it’s too late.  ” 

Save Me campaigns against the exploitation of animals be that for sport or their body parts like fur, tusks or trophies. Our AmazingGrace campaign is saving Hedgehog’s one village at a time. Our groundbreaking Farm project in Devon has removed BovineTB from an intensive dairy herd without killing any Badgers - and we were instrumental in securing new legislation to stop third-party puppy and kitten sales in England and banning the use of microbeads that are killing our oceans.

Save Me campaigns to protect our planet, people and the animals we share it with. We want to see a world where animals are respected. Anne is the link between the ‘hands-on’ work of the Rescue Centre and the lobbying and campaigning of Save Me. Her energy, commitment combines with her passion to ensure that no animal suffers be that from injury or sickness to exploitation and persecution.

If you share our vision for a brighter future for people, wildlife and our planet Join us and be a voice for wildlife by becoming a friend of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and Save Me Trust 

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 Anne Brummer, trustee and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and CEO of Dr Brian May's Save Me Trust receives a national award for Services to Wildlife. Congratulations to our CEO, Anne Brummer who has won the prestigious Animal Hero Award 2018 for services to wildlife. Dr Brian May said: I can’t give you a full impression of what Anne Brummer does in a few moments. All I can say is that she has benefitted wildlife in this country for a few years now” Anne and Brian’s dynamic partnership began with the release of foxes and Badgers on the grounds of Brian’s estate - that has now become a forever home for wildlife. The chance discovery of a hedgehog trapped in wire fencing has led to radical changes in the life of Anne Brummer and the thousands of wild animals she now helps heal and get back to the wild every year.


Anne explains “I was walking my dog when I noticed a hedgehog trapped in a wire fence, his back legs were bleeding. I had some cutters in my bag - no surprise to anyone that knows me - and cut away the fencing around the hedgehog and took him to the vets”  “I didn’t know at the time that this was the right thing to do, the vet removed the fencing and said the hedgehog would need a few days rest and monitoring - and handed it back to me”  “Before the hedgehog was released I had already taken in some other animals - and, as they say - the rest was history!” 

Anne set up Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, initially from her home in Camberley, but the volume of wildlife needing their help increased and the charity moved to Windlesham almost ten years ago. 


In addition to the direct work of helping animals the charity launched the Amazing Grace Campaign - that is saving Britain’s hedgehog’s - one village at a time. Harper Asprey’s home village of Windlesham was the first ‘Hedgehog Friendly” village and has already been joined by four other wards within Surrey Heath, with West End set to become the fifth ward with its own Grace Day community event at the Hare and Hounds on Saturday 29th September. Today, Anne heads up a team of over 50 volunteers and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue helps thousands of sick, injured and orphaned animals every year. Harper Asprey helps all wild animals but has become particularly well known for its work with hedgehogs, helping around 600 hedgehogs last year alone.  

Anne has been running a wildlife education programme in local schools for many years and often meets parents who still remember her talks on wildlife in the early days. Local schools are keen to book the wildlife talks, that link to the curriculum and some schools now have soft release areas for hedgehogs as part of the Amazing Grace campaign. Anne has dedicated her life to wild animals and working to ensure that the area has suitable habitat that works for people and wildlife. We were thrilled that Anne was nominated for the Animal Hero Services to Wildlife award and delighted when she won the award at the ceremony in London last week. Anne said; “It’s incredible to have received this recognition but I share this with our amazing volunteers. We couldn’t continue to help wildlife without their remarkable dedication and hard work” Many of them have been volunteering with us for a number of years but this is a special day for all of them for their care and commitment” 

Anne is also CEO of Save Me Trust that she co-founded with Queen guitar legend Brian May. Back in 2009, William Hague announced that the then, Conservative opposition would repeal the Hunting Act and allow the hunting of wild mammals to begin again in England and Wales.  Anne said ‘Brian and I was shocked and saddened that a political party would even consider reintroducing cruelty back to our country - W knew something had to be done” Within weeks the Conservative Party announced plans to introduce 

Badger culling in a misguided attempt to resolve the issue of bovine TB Anne said “ I had read the RBCT report and what the Government was saying wasn’t what I was reading, It was clear they didn’t know anything about Badgers” - for us, that was it and Brian and I decided to form a new charity - called Save Me - to Give wild animals a voice. Anne continues “That was nearly 10 years ago. Since then we have protected the Hunting Act. David Cameron attempt to repeal the act by using an SI (Statutory Instrument) ended in failure and when the Hunting card turned toxic for Theresa May in last years General Election when she failed to maintain an overall majority” Hunting has no place in a modern society It needs to be confined to the history books immediately” 

Save Me is one of the most dynamic wildlife campaign groups in the world. With Dr Brian May, Anne is the driving force at Save Me, often working behind the scenes. She said: “Wildlife deserves and needs or protection. If we do not protect it it will not survive. 52% of our Wildife has disappeared in the last 20 years. It is happening on our watch and incumbent on us all to find a solution. We must engage with government, big business, developers and the farming communities to find a sustainable solution that is workable before it’s too late.  ” 

Save Me campaigns against the exploitation of animals be that for sport or their body parts like fur, tusks or trophies. 

Our AmazingGrace campaign is saving Hedgehog’s one village at a time. 


Save Me campaigns to protect our planet, people and the animals we share it with. We want to see a world where animals are respected. Our groundbreaking Farm project in Devon has removed BovineTB from an intensive dairy herd without killing any Badgers - and we were instrumental in securing new legislation to stop third-party puppy and kitten sales in England and banning the use of microbeads that are killing our oceans. 

Anne is the link between the ‘hands-on’ work of the Rescue Centre and the lobbying and campaigning of Save Me. 

Her energy is legendary, her commitment combines with her passion to ensure that no animal suffers be that from injury or sickness to exploitation and persecution.

 If you share our vision for a brighter future for people, wildlife and our planet Join us and be a voice for wildlife by becoming a friend of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and Save Me Trust  Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalHeroAwards/videos/550035052095721/

 Queen guitarist and animal campaigner Dr Brian May has picked up the Observer Ethical Campaigner of the year award for the highly successful Team Badger and Save Me campaigns run this year to protect the badger from the unethical, unscientific and flawed badger cull. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, part of the Guardian Media Group. The Observer Ethical Awards were founded nine years ago to celebrate individuals, teams and companies fighting for environmental and social justice in the UK. They have been dubbed the 'green oscars'. Previous winners include Joanna Lumley, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, James Lovelock and Malala Yousafzai.

The Campaigner of the year category recognises the public-facing campaigner who has made the biggest difference to Observer readers and put ethical issues on the global agenda.

 

Other Recognition: 

Observer Ethical Award

Presenting the award tonight, June 11, Observer ethical living columnist and BBC One Show presenter Lucy Siegle who launched the awards in 2005 said:

'Readers voted in their droves for Brian May to receive the Campaigner of the Year for his work on behalf of British wildlife and opposition to the badger cull. They felt he articulated their outrage and concern and never shied away from standing up publicly for his beliefs, whatever or whoever the opposition. They found him a highly impressive and authentic voice.'

 Presently in the US preparing for his upcoming concert tour with Queen + Adam Lambert, Brian was represented at the awards by Mrs May, Anita Dobson, and Anne Brummer, for Save Me and Team Badger, however Brian sent a filmed acceptance message in which he said:

'I am quite overwhelmed to receive the Observer Ethical Awards Campaigner of the Year award. It means a lot to me personally but it also means an incredible amount to the cause that we fight for which is the cause of giving animals a voice. The award also feels like an endorsement, that the Save Me campaign is being taken seriously and that was a long journey in itself. It's a great feeling to know that people out there really do care about British wild animals and recognise how important it is to take a stance.'

The award is a wonderful recognition for The Save Me team along with all the members of Team Badger  which have  worked tirelessly throughout the past year to challenge the government and  prove unequivocally  that the proposed badger cull  will not help BTB in cattle. The campaign has taken many twists and turns in its life and has seen a growing number of Conservative and Liberal MP’s change their mind on the impending cull. 

Members of Team Badger have campaigned vigorously in all areas. The Badger Trust, Save Me and the Humane Society International have all been involved in legal action to challenge the government. Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting formed the highly successful wounded badger patrol along with Somerset Against The Cull. Save Me ran an immensely successful petition that achieved just over 304,000 signatures against the badger cull achieving the most signed petition ever created on the government website. 

The Conservative run Blue Badger campaign has lobbied with Save Me in parliament and through our growing army of MPs we have to date lobbied for and achieved four debates demonstrating overwhelmingly this is a debate of major public interest. 

With increased public support and governmental support the roll out of the badger cull was thwarted, halting more zones from needless culling.

Lately Dr May and Save Me launched BACVI (Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative) that has seen farmers and conservationists unite to combat bTB through a programme of vaccination of badgers and cattle as a viable and a credible alternative to the deeply flawed and incredibly disastrous failure of last year’s two trial pilot culls.

CEO League Against Cruel Sports Joe Duckworth  said 

"This is well deserved recognition for the leadership, dogged determination in the face of often ignorant opposition, and sheer hard work Brian has put into stopping the cruel and unjustified badger culls.It is not just about opposition. Brian has led the project to develop a practical, funded scheme of vaccination against bTB. He walks the talk as well as talking the talk.”

Robbie Marsland CE of IFAW commented "Brian rocks and IFAW is a fan. He truly is a guardian for animals"

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2014/jun/11/the-observer-ethical-awards-winners-interactive 

Observer Ethical Award for Campaigner of the Year - Facebook

https://es-la.facebook.com/notes/save-me/observer...award-for.../802752173068571/ Brian may and CEO Anne with the Observer Ethical Award ... Brian was represented at the awards by Mrs May, Anita Dobson, and Anne Brummer, for Save Me ...

 Anne Brummer was one of 50 of Surrey’s unsung heroes, recognised for their “incredible work”

Anne was recognised for their “incredible work” at an event staged by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks. The event in Dorking saw volunteers given a certificate and a specially commissioned chairman’s medal that was struck at Pobjoy Mint. Among those receiving awards included Charles Connell, who delivers meals on wheels three days a week, Edward Hickman a war veteran who walked to raise funds for charity after losing all his toes in battle, and Penny Shoubridge, who has been involved with the Scouts, Brownies and Cubs for more than 30 years in Charlwood. Mrs Marks said: “It was great to be able to thank so many wonderful volunteers for their incredible work in their communities. I was moved to hear so many examples of selfless dedication and amazed to learn just how long some of the volunteers had been serving.

“Many of them seemed surprised to receive such recognition – humility being another common trait among volunteers. Our county is richer for having such dedicated people helping to make Surrey the wonderful place it is.”

https://news.surreycc.gov.uk/2015/09/21/in-pictures-surreys-volunteers-incredible-work-recognised/

 

Surrey Life Community Heroes 2016

Surrey Life Community Heroes 2016 - who really makes a difference to life in your town or village? 07:35 24 February 2016 Celebrating the inspiring people who are really making a difference in Surrey’s town and village communities, here we bring you the annual Surrey Life Community Heroes lists: the charity volunteers, lifesavers and other proactive people - all recommended via surreylife.co.uk - who you feel make an impression on the quality of life in Surrey

Anne Brummer
Camberley

51­-year-­old Anne Brummer has worked tirelessly for the last 30­something years to rescue and rehabilitate British wildlife at Camberley’s Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue. Not only does she volunteer round the clock to hand­-rear orphans and rescue animals, but she also attends schools and organisations to educate people. Each year, she successfully releases hundreds of animals back to where they belong, giving them a second chance at life. Her colleagues tell us that “she works 24/7, 356 days a year, trying to make a difference, without wanting anything in return. A true inspiration.”

Brian May, West End

He may be best-known as the wild-haired guitarist with seminal rock band Queen, but away from the stage Brian May is also a passionate wildlife campaigner. As well as setting up the non-profit organisation Save Me to champion British wildlife, the 67-year-old West End resident has been a leading inspiration in the fight against fox hunting and the ongoing battle against the proposed UK badger cull. Prior to that, in 2005, he was appointed CBE for services to the music industry and for his charity work. He is also a vice-president of the RSPCA, hosts (and usually plays at) the annual Wildlife Rocks event at Guildford Cathedral and supports Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue in Camberley.

http://www.surreylife.co.uk/people/charity/surrey_life_community_heroes_2016_who_really_makes_a_difference_to_life_in_your_town_or_village_1_3260292