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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on November 27, 1999 at 18:52:41:
SKYNEWS (UK) 18 November 99 Toad 'Crossing' Helps Chrissie, 9, Win Animal Caerer Award
Toads can hop safely in West Yorkshire, where today's Young Animal Carer of the Year runs regular road patrols in her pyjamas.
Nine-year-old Chrissie Lodge was given her RSPCA/Animal Ark Award in London today by competition judges TV vet David Grant from BBC Animal Hospital and Ana Boulter from Children's BBC for her work with animals since the age of four.
Chrissie, from Stainland, near Halifax, won a holiday to Florida for nursing a cat injured in a blow-torch attack back to health and hand rearing kittens, as well as preventing toads being run over outside her house.
Alan Wolinski, regional manager for Yorkshire and the North East, said: "It's a great to see young people in our region taking animal welfare so seriously.
"Chrissie has obviously delighted the judges with her exceptional efforts and I'm pleased the RSPCA is able to acknowledge her hard work. It's truly inspiring."
Pott Row First School in King's Lynn received the school award of a computer and £1,000 of Hodder's Children's books for their work in creating a wildlife garden.
The school, with 50 pupils aged between four and eight, raised £1,000 for the garden which is a haven for hedgehogs, frogs and grass snakes.
Their fundraising efforts included a sponsored bean and sunflower grow, as well as asking local firms for contributions.
They were awarded the RSPCA Schools' Charter last July for commitment to animal welfare.