Charity founder recognized at Queen’s New Year Honors


A CHARITY founder who has dedicated her life to animal welfare “burst into tears” when she learned she was recognized by HM The Queen.

Lesley Winton has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to animal welfare on the New Year Honors List.

The Tranent resident founded the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears, which has supported dozen of organizations in nearly 20 countries around the world in saving bears.

Lesley, 57, also founded Fostering Compassion, which works with children and animals at risk.

The Ormiston-based charity aims to end animal cruelty and help children learn empathy for animals through day trips, activities and workshops that lead to improved behavior and greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

She said, “As far as I can remember, from the first days I saw Lassie films, I had a great passion for animals and hated all forms of cruelty to animals.

“I always knew that the most important thing for me was to do something about animal welfare.”

Meanwhile, North Berwick’s Johnny Timpson received an OBE in volunteering for people with disabilities and the financial sector, while Dunbar’s James Sinclair received an MBE for charity.

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