Brandon’s big clean-up scoops award

Former Mayor of Wyre, Councillor John Hodgkinson, presenting the Sheraton Trophy to Brandon Evans
Former Mayor of Wyre, Councillor John Hodgkinson, presenting the Sheraton Trophy to Brandon Evans
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A schoolboy who took on irresponsible dog owners has won a prestigious award for bringing pride to his community.

Twelve-year-old Brandon Evans has won this year’s Wyre Council Sheraton Trophy.

The Saint Aidan’s school pupil, who lives in Preesall, was nominated by the Garstang and Over Wyre neighbourhood policing team for his work on the Preesall Dog Fouling Challenge.

Awarded annually to an individual, group or team, the Sheraton Trophy recognises young people who have brought pride to the borough as a result of their achievements.

As revealed by The Gazette in February, Brandon set up the Preesall Dog Fouling Challenge after noticing a problem in the area when he was out and about on his skateboard.

He began by picking up dog mess left behind by irresponsible dog owners. With the help of his family, he set up a Facebook page – Preesall Dog Fouling Challenge – highlighting the problem and aiming to get others involved.

Brandon also made contact with Keep Britain Tidy, who assisted in his quest by providing posters and stickers, and Wyre Council provided mess bags.

Brandon has been out on patrol with Wyre Council’s Area Officer for Preesall, helping to identify good locations for new bins that will be installed soon.

He was also invited to the police station.

As well as attracting the attention of local residents, Brandon’s efforts have been recognised in The Gazette, and he won the Radio Wave Kids’ Choice Green Award.

Brandon has also been asked by his school to get involved in a community volunteering project.

He told The Gazette at the time: “It was really unpleasant, stepping in muck when I walked home from school through the park, and I just wanted to do something about it.

“It’s disgusting – other people clear up after their dogs, so why can’t these owners?

“I’ve been really surprised by all the support I’ve had on Facebook, and it would be great if other people wanted to come out and help.”

Brandon’s dad Stephen Evans said: “I’m really pleased with the recognition that Brandon has had from the public, local newspapers and radio and Wyre Council.”