As we celebrate National Volunteers Week, we raise our glasses to one very special lady in particular.
Phyllis Seymour has, incredibly, donated her time and effort to animal charity PDSA since 1965. Thanks to her continued support, the Croydon branch has since raised around a quarter of a million pounds, keeping vital vets and vet nurses in their posts.
Together with her late husband Douglas, Phyllis set up a sponsored walk in the early days which has grown into a fully-fledged annual dog show at Bromley. And Douglas's memory lives on as the event is known as the Douglas Seymour Memorial Dog Show: a fitting tribute that shows how voluntary contributions can cost us so little yet have have a truly lasting effect.
Phyllis has two dogs of her own - Black Labrador Troy and Golden Retriever Maddison - who she brought with her to Croydon PDSA Pet Hospital, to receive a certificate celebrating her 50 years of service.
At the presentation Chairman John Smith said, "Volunteers are the life blood that runs through PDSA. Phyllis is a fantastic ambassador, who has made such an incredible contribution, and continues to be very much appreciated by everyone in the organisation."
A delighted Phyllis comments: "over the years I've got to know the staff here and seen the great work they do. Knowing that the funds raised over the past 50 years have helped so many pets is a great feeling and I'm absolutely honoured to be recognised in this way."
PDSA volunteers are invaluable, saving the charity millions of pounds each year. For volunteering opportunities in your area, call 0800 854 194 or visit the PDSA website
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