Dedicated animal lover raised thousands for city charity

Gwen Berry  with her MBE
Gwen Berry with her MBE
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A PLAQUE has been unveiled in memory of a devoted Sheffield animal lover who raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Retired nurse Gwen Berry, of Manor Top, spent 21 years raising money to help veterinary charity PDSA care for sick and injured pets in Sheffield and received an MBE for her efforts.

She died in 2009, aged 92.

PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, unveiled the memorial plaque at Sheffield PDSA PetAid hospital, on Newhall Road, in the Lower Don Valley, in recognition of Gwen’s extraordinary commitment to the charity.

The special presentation was attended by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Alan Law and Gwen’s family.

Jan said: “Gwen devoted her retirement years to helping PDSA.

“The money she raised helped provide hundreds of local pets with the treatment they needed. Even into her nineties, when her health began to fail, she continued to raise funds for PDSA.

“People like Gwen are few and far between, so I’m delighted to unveil this plaque in honour of such an amazing lady.

“Gwen worked tirelessly in support of PDSA, her favourite charity, and she richly deserves this memorial.

“It will serve as a constant reminder of her hard work, her dedication and her resolute spirit.”

Gwen first supported PDSA after her husband died, requesting that donations be made to the charity instead of flowers at his funeral.

Gwen received free veterinary treatment for her own pets from the PDSA and wanted to give something back to the charity so founded the local fundraising group in September 1988.

She and her friends raised tens of thousands of pounds for pets in need by organising events including her annual garden parties, ladies’ pamper days, Christmas bazaars and jumble sales.

In 2008, Gwen was awarded the MBE for services to animal welfare and to the community in Sheffield.

She also received the Edward Bridges Webb Memorial Award for her service to PDSA, and the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2004.