Pride of Guernsey: Geoff George
‘YOU can always count on him to be there no matter the time or the circumstance,’ was why Emily Brouard chose to nominate Geoff George for this year’s Cherry Godfrey-sponsored Emergency Hero of the Year award.
In the 23 years Geoff has worked at the GSPCA he has never taken a sick day, coming in no matter what to support the animals in his care.
‘It’s always nice to be recognised for what you do, I always feel privileged when I am nominated for any award,’ he said.
‘I’ve always wanted to do a job that meant I could help animals.’
Emily has experienced Geoff’s contribution to helping animals first-hand.
‘It is hard to know where to start with why he deserves this award, but you could start with his successful petition to get the [oil-filled] ‘Torrey Canyon’ quarry emptied due to the impact it had on wild birds and other animals in the area.
‘Then there are the hundreds of animals he rescues and saves on a daily basis – whether it is him coming in at a weekend to help with welfare seizes, or a duckling stuck in a drain pipe, all animals are treated with the same love and attention.’
This year Geoff has also cared for the GSPCA’s six seal pups.
Due to one of the seals needing extra care, from 8 November to 20 April Geoff worked without a break, clocking up more than 200 hours of overtime – which he counts as extra work and voluntary time rather than asking for anything in return.
‘This is why he deserves to win Emergency Hero of the Year, because you can always count on him to be there no matter the time or the circumstance,’ Emily said.
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