A Northumberland man has been hailed as one of the 100 people making the UK a happier place.
John Anderson, the man behind Blyth Wildlife Rescue, has made the Independent on Sunday’s annual Happy List.
Now in its eighth year, the list focuses on those who have selflessly changed communities and people’s lives for the better through volunteering, caring, fund-raising, mentoring and charity work.
Since 2006, Blyth Wildlife Rescue has saved hundreds of injured or orphaned birds and animals every year.
It is open 24 hours every day, fields around 750 calls annually and has developed a network of volunteers, some of whom foster animals until they can be released.
The Happy List is made up entirely of people that have been nominated by the public, and prides itself on being an antidote to the cash-crazed rich lists.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The Independent on Sunday’s Happy List is a great way to recognise even more of those hardworking people who go the extra mile to help those around them.”
For the first time this year, the Independent on Sunday is partnering with the social-giving platform JustGiving to make the Happy List bigger and better.
Every individual featured on the Happy List will also receive the accolade of being put forward for special recognition at the JustGiving 2015 Awards.
Lisa Markwell, editor of The Independent on Sunday, said: “Every single person selected truly deserves to have their efforts recognised, and on behalf of all of our readers I cannot thank them enough for their achievements and hard work – they definitely make Britain a brighter place.”