Trustees’ Award: Simon Dennis

Simon Dennis, BDMLR Assistant Area Coordinator for the Essex region has been awarded a prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Marine Mammal Rescue Award by BDMLR’s Trustees. He was presented with the award by BDMLR Director and Trustee Mark Stevens.

Simon became a Medic in 2015 and was Dorset Area Coordinator until he moved to Essex and took the position as Assistant Area Coordinator. He has been very active as a Medic carrying out many rescues over the years. 

In addition to the rescue work Simon is a very active Marine Mammal Medic Course instructor. He frequently instructs in Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent, as well as his home patch of Essex. It was in Kent that Simon became notorious for being the Herne Bay bandstand toilet cleaner where, during a course, was mistaken by a member of the public as being a shoddy toilet cleaner and was threatened with being reported to the council. This has since led to Simon always carrying a toilet brush, loo roll and urinal cakes in his rescue trailer, if you don’t believe it ask to see them!

Congratulations Simon and thank you for your hard work and for passing on your knowledge. 

The Outstanding Contribution to Marine Mammal Rescue Awards (or Trustees Awards for short) are chosen by BDMLR Trustees Alan Knight, Mark Stevens, Geoff Hammock, Faye Archell and Gavin Parsons and presented to Medics who have gone above and beyond for the charity and demonstrated a dedication to helping the marine environment in a positive way.

This year there are 10 awards, however, due to the nature of the charity and the number and spread of directors and trustees not everyone will be presented at the same time, so over the coming weeks you will see who has received an award.