'Outstanding' Orpington volunteer for veterinary charity PDSA nominated for national award
PUBLISHED: 14:17 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:22 02 January 2014
A volunteer from Orpington who has spent nearly a decade helping a veterinary charity has been nominated for a national award.
Annie Gold has been shortlisted in the PDSA’s annual Volunteer Awards after dedicating her free time to help at its busy store in High Street, Orpington, for almost nine years.
The shop raises money to help sick and injured pets.
The lively and popular woman, who is passionate about animal welfare, said “volunteering is the most gratifying thing” she had done in her life.
She added: “It has so many benefits like offering friendship, dignity and recovery of self esteem.”
She is described as an “outstanding ambassador” for the charity, according to store manager Linda Spokes.
She added: “Annie always promotes PDSA and has raised a lot of funds in support of us.
“She gets people interested in donating goods and furniture. Annie supports us tirelessly and she will raise a penny or a pound wherever she can.”
PDSA assistant store manager Susan Elkins, who nominated Annie for the award, said Annie “throws herself” into whatever task she is given.
The PDSA Volunteer Awards are in their eleventh year and are supported by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Pets at Home.
The shortlisted volunteers will be judged on their commitment to PDSA and enthusiasm for their roles and the winners will be announced shortly.
To join PDSA’s volunteering team, contact the National Volunteering Centre on freephone 0800 854 194 or visit pdsa.org.uk/volunteering.