Earby teen Shannon rewarded for volunteer work

Shannon Groves (17) picks up the Shaw-Greening volunteer award in Earby.

Shannon Groves (17) picks up the Shaw-Greening volunteer award in Earby.

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Earby student Shannon Groves has been presented with the prestigious Shaw-Greening Trophy for her volunteer work.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon was nominated for her voluntary work helping look after David Hartley’s pets and for her enterprise as a budding businesswoman who does pet sit-ins and dog walking.

The Goodall Close resident will start her second year at Craven College in September where she is studying animal management and was presented with the award by Chairman of Earby Town Council, Coun. Chris Tennant.

Earby Town Council present the award annually to people aged between 16 and 25 who live in Earby or villages surrounding the town who it is felt deserve the award. Along with her shield, Shannon also received a cheque for £40.

Coun. Tennant said: “Shannon has been helping David and going to college to finish her studies and is a nice, amiable person who is getting on in life. It’s good to present such as positive award.”

Shannon said: “It was nice to be recognised for your work experience and volunteering because usually nobody really knows about it. My mum is really proud.

“It’s great experience caring for David’s animals because I’m looking after exotic as well as domestic animals. Most people who I’m at college with usually work in a kennels or a cattery.

“I started the dog walking and pet sitting about five months ago, maybe longer.

“People don’t always have the time to walk their dog and when people go away on holiday, they want somebody reliable.”

David Hartley said: “Shannon is very good, very conscientious and she has been reliable. She has got some enterprise about her which I like too, setting up her own little business.”

Coun. Tennant added that a nomination has already been received for next year and urged anybody else with nominations, whether it be for a person who has achieved in a sporting or academic environment or has come back from an adversity in life, to get in touch with the town council.