RSPCA award for Exmouth wildlife campaigner who died in Ethiopian airline crash

Joanna worked for the United Nations. Credit: Family photo

An animal welfare campaigner who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash has been awarded a posthumous RSPCA Honours award.

Joanna Toole's father Peter accepted the award on her behalf in London.

The Special Recognition Award highlights her work making the world a safer place for animals.

The 36-year-old from Exmouth was working with the United Nations.

She was flying to a meeting at the Assembly in Nairobi along with 156 others when the aircraft crashed in March earlier this year.

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Her father told ITV News shortly after the crash, his daughter was "as warm and as good with people as she was with animals".

The RSPCA Honours recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare, or animals who have made fantastic achievements.

Her colleagues at the UN described her as Credit: Family Photo