Ian Ashton, managing director of the World of James Herriot in Thirsk presented an award to Hayley Stephenson at the annual Askham Bryan College Graduation and Awards ceremony.

Hayley has studied at the College for a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing and the World of James Herriot Award is in recognition of her achievements in gaining the Special Award of Best Practical Veterinary Nursing Student.

Ian Ashton said: “I’m so pleased to have been able to present this award to Hayley as it recognises her efforts and commitment to the care of animals which is why James Herriot joined the veterinary profession. The Award is one step in her career progress and hopefully this will support Hayley in her future work and like the many others who have been inspired by the James Herriot books, TV series and films.”

The award was presented at Askham Bryan College during the annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony on behalf of the James Herriot Legacy Fund, based at the World of James Herriot in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Hayley also received the Handbook of Veterinary Nursing.

Previously owned by the local council, the World of James Herriot is now a privately operated company whose management has a vision to continually develop it and attract more visitors including the launch of the James Herriot Foundation Trust which aims to provide bursaries for people wishing to enter the animal care world and for whom the James Herriot stories have been an inspiration.

Ian Ashton added: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Askham Bryan College and to recognise Hayley’s achievements in the spirit of the James Herriot Foundation Trust.”


For further information please contact:
Ian Ashton, World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL
Tel: 01845 524234 E-mail: mail@worldofjamesherriot.com
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