Top award for Shire volunteer Angela

Aberdeenshire resident, Angela Gowdy, has been awarded one of the RSPB’s most prestigious tributes – the President’s Award – in recognition of her outstanding commitment to fundraising for nature conservation.

In her role as a Volunteer Pin Badge Co-ordinator, Angela oversees the distribution of RSPB pin badge boxes and the collection of the money from over 80 sites around Aberdeenshire.

Since 2007, Angela has raised a phenomenal £59, 622 for the RSPB’s East Scotland region.

Angela began volunteering with RSPB Scotland in 2006 and devotes around 30 hours a month to the RSPB. Over the years, she has become an integral part of the small team working out of the Aberdeen office.

She regularly helps out with local RSPB Scotland events and has been an RSPB Aberdeen Local Group Committee member since 2005. She also manages a team of six Volunteer Pin Badge Box Minders. Angela was recently presented with her award at RSPB Scotland’s annual Volunteers Day in Pitlochry.

Angela said: “I am very honoured to have been given the RSPB President’s Award. I have thoroughly enjoyed raising money through the pin badge scheme, I find it most rewarding.”

Dr Martin Auld, Regional Director, RSPB East Scotland commented: “Angela is dedicated, encouraging, enormously enthusiastic, effective and modest.

“She gets a real kick out of beating her own fundraising targets year on year. Her passion is inspiring and energising!”

If you would like to become a pin badge box minder or want to find out more about all the different ways that you can step up for nature and volunteer with RSPB Scotland, then please visit www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering or phone Katie Cole on 01224 624824