Lord Mayor of Leicester and Dave Andrews
BBC Leicester's Dave Andrews has been named Honoured Citizen for January 2008 by the Lord Mayor of Leicester. He received the accolade for his work on the BBC Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbow Appeal.
On 07 January 2008 BBC Radio Leicester's Dave Andrews was named an Honoured Citizen of Leicester.
He was nominated for the accolade for his work on the BBC Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbow Appeal.
The appeal to mark the 40th anniversary of the station has raised over half a million pounds for the Rainbows Children's Hospice near Loughborough.
Listen: Dave becomes an Honoured Citizen
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Gary Hunt, invited Dave to a special tea at the Town Hall.
BBC Radio Leicester's Katharine Sutton was there to capture the moment the announcement was made...
"Incredible effort", "brilliant achievement"
The Lord Mayor named the Ruby Rainbow Appeal as his personal charity in April 2007 when he came into office, so has worked closely with Dave throughout the year.
He told Dave it'd been a wonderful experience:
Dave was invited for tea with the Mayor
"So many people in Leicester and Leicestershire have thrown themselves into this charitable cause and you've been the catalyst behind it all.
"It's been a brilliant achievement, and on behalf of everyone in Leicester it's a great privilege to make you an Honoured Citizen for the incredible effort you put in and for the achievement of raising more than £400,000 - everytime I meet you it's gone up!
"Congratulations. Well done."
"Loved every minute"
Dave says he couldn't have done it on his own and thanked the Lord Mayor for his support, everyone at Rainbows and BBC Leicester.
He also thanked BBC Radio Leicester listeners for being so generous.
He says it has been the busiest year he could remember, but also the most rewarding:
"It's been absolutely fantastic - I've loved every minute of it and met so many great people. It's been terrific."
last updated: 10/01/2008 at 17:26