A South Tyneside charity champion is set to be honoured with a special award at the House of Lords.
Tony Carlisle, from South Shields, has raised more than £6.3million for animal charities, mainly through the event he founded, The Great North Dog Walk, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary.
To receive national recognition with this Animal Action Award is fantasticTony Carlisle
Mr Carlisle, 58, is to be recognised with an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), to honour his achievements and dedication.
When The Great North Dog Walk started, in 1990, there were just 13 dogs involved, but the most recent event, in June, involved 26,423 of them. IFAW was one of the beneficiaries of this year’s walk, which capped 40 years of fundraising in South Tyneside for Mr Carlisle.
Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “Tony’s many years of fundraising for animal charities have enabled other groups to do so much more for animals in need.
“His efforts make him a true inspiration to others.
“He is a very deserving winner of IFAW’s Fundraiser of the Year Award.”
Mr Carlisle said: “I love what I do, particularly on the day when I can see people coming together from the local community all for the love of dogs. Winning the IFAW award will top a great year for me; as well as battling through serious health issues, I’ve married my partner Nicola, had another successful dog walk, and now to receive national recognition with this Animal Action Award is fantastic.”
Mr Carlisle will receive his award at IFAW’s Animal Action Awards event next Tuesday.