A RURAL crime-fighting campaigner in Stafford who organises awards to recognise countryside volunteers was shocked to receive an award herself.
Faye Burton, who founded the Rural Policing Liaison Group 15 years ago, was given a special recognition award at the Countryside Awards last week.
The campaigner has worked tirelessly for years to protect, care for and raise awareness of wildlife and combat wildlife crime.
She said the award, presented during the event at the Moat House in Acton Trussell on Thursday, was a complete surprise. "I couldn't believe it when things stopped and they said there was a special recognition award being presented," she said. "It was lovely though.
"This event grows bigger every year. I am proud to see so many people committed to the wildlife of Stafford."
Other winners included Jenny Morgan from Gentleshaw Wildlife Sanctuary in Eccleshall, June Jukes for her work with Friends of Cannock Chase and David Forton from the Oak Tree Farm Rural Project in Hilderstone.