A lifelong devotion to the environment has earned the former head of the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce a top award from the Catholic Church.

Stuart Hayward, also a former independent MP, attended his presentation of a Peace and Justice award at St Theresa’s Cathedral in Hamilton despite recent illness.

He told the gathering: “Thank you for making me feel special.”

Heather DeSilva, of the Peace and Justice sub-committee at St Theresa’s, told Mr Hayward: “Thank you, Stuart, for your inspiration over the years. Thank you for what you have done. Thank you for inspiring our diocese.”

She added the Catholic Church would work to cut waste at special events and reduce the use of harmful chemicals on its properties.

Mr Hayward, also cofounder of Eco Bermuda and Save the Garden Campaign, was said to be an inspirational influence on many people who had since joined the fight to protect the environment.

Stuart Kriendler of green energy firm BE Solar, said: “You are like Captain Bermuda.”

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