‘PASSIONATE and dedicated’ is how pets’ charity PDSA describes Sheffield volunteer Paula Marriott.
Paula, aged 46, a volunteer from Arbourthorne, gives up her free time to help at PDSA’s busy PetAid hospital on Newhall Road, Attercliffe, which treats local sick and injured animals.
And now she has been recognised for her efforts after being named runner-up in the charity’s volunteer of the year awards.
The animal lover joined the reception team two years ago, after fundraising for the charity for six years.
Her role involves welcoming people to the PetAid hospital and other office administration duties.
She also creates puzzle books which she sells to raise money for the charity.
Paula, who has two part-time jobs and a family to look after, impressed the judges with her enthusiasm and commitment.
Paula said: “I wanted to volunteer with PDSA because I know how important the charity’s service is to people and their pets.
“I enjoy the variety of my role and working with the team to improve the life of poorly pets.”
Ailsa Jones, PDSA’s head of PetAid services, said: “Paula showed the judges she was reliable and committed to helping treat pets in the local area.
“She was attracted to volunteer for PDSA because of her love for animals and that shone through in her passion and commitment towards the cause.
“We’re lucky to have brilliant volunteers like Paula who give up their time to champion our cause and help us to raise funds to provide our free veterinary service to the sick and injured pets of people in need.”
PDSA, which provides free veterinary treatment to the sick and injured pets of people in need, has more than 5,200 volunteers helping in its charity shops, pet hospitals and fundraising groups across the country.
n To join PDSA’s volunteering team, or to find out more, call the national volunteering centre on 0800 854194.