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648. Paul Farthing

Paul Farthing is a former Royal Marine living in Afghanistan and is the founder of the charity ‘Nowzad’.

During his deployment in Afghanistan, Paul broke up a fight between two dogs in the town of Nowzad. One of the dogs followed him and ended up spending the next six months of his deployment with him. Paul named him Nowzad after the town. When it was time for him to return to the UK he was inspired to set up a charity in order to reunite service men and women with dogs that had befriended them.

Nowzad also does much to support animal welfare in Afghanistan, built the country’s first animal rescue centre and regularly inoculates dogs against rabies, reducing transmission to humans.

In a personal letter to Paul, Prime Minister Theresa May said: 

Your work with Nowzad Dogs is supporting animal welfare in Afghanistan, as well as benefiting the human population too.”

Paul said:

“It is an honour to be named as the first GlobalBritain Points of Light winner – but it is all down to the amazing team behind the scenes at the Nowzad charity here in the UK and Afghanistan and I am so proud to work with so many volunteers who support the charity making a difference for animals and people in Afghanistan.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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