Sutton teens wins ‘Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year’ accolade

Jordan Havell pictured with his award.
Jordan Havell pictured with his award.

A Sutton on Sea teenager has been mixing with the likes of Amanda Holden and Ricky Gervais after winning an Animal Hero Award - hosted by the RSPCA.

Jordan Havell,14, attended the star studded bash organised by the RSPCA - alongside The Mirror newspaper - at the exclusive 8 Northumberland Avenue in London on October 21 after his mum Lianne nominated the youngster for the ‘Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year’ award last year.

Jordan was recognised for the award for his dedication to in ensuring posters were put up across all the beaches in the UK with information on what to do in a coastal animal emergency and who to contact.

His efforts came after he found a stranded porpoise on the beach in Sutton on Sea last year.

TV presenter Chris Packham gave Jordan his award and spoke to him afterwards.

Jordan is still letting the news of his award win sink in.

He said: “This award has given me a great sense of happiness and it definitely has to be the highlight of my year and my biggest award to date.

“My favourite bit of the evening was getting to meet all the celebrities like Amanda Holden, Ricky Gervais and Ola Jordan from Strictly.

“Chris Packham came over to me after he presented me with my award and said I was an inspiration and had been following my work, which was amazing.”

On the night, judges said “Jordan’s evident passion for the natural world and his ability to create change means he has a very bright future ahead of him”.

Jordan was the joint winner of his award, alongside the other two candidates in is category after the judges decided that all three children deserved to be recognised.