Vet charity the PDSA has received a £50,000 boost after being named the winner of a national charity competition.

Vet charity the PDSA has received a £50,000 boost after being named the winner of a national charity competition.

Judie McCourt from the Postcode Lottery, PDSA vet Sean Wensley and X Factor star Danyl JohnsonIn September, Vetsonline called on practices and clients to vote for the charity in the Vote that Counts competition, which looked to award lottery grants to various national charities, with top prize set at £50,000.

During previous weeks, the vet charity ramped up its own campaign, with backing from celebrities including Hollywood star Katherine Heigl and comedian Eddie Izzard.

Thanking all those who voted for the charity, PDSA senior vet Sean Wensley said: ““We are thrilled to secure this important funding.

“It has only been made possible thanks to the amazing support of people from all over the country. We’re extremely grateful to everybody who took the time to vote for us and also to the People’s Postcode Trust for giving us the opportunity to be part of such a great initiative.”

He added: “The prize money will enable us to make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of pets. It will be used to deliver life-saving care packages, including full health MOTs for pets and guidance on vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.”

Four runner-up charities each secured a £10,000 grant; the RNLI, MS Society, Childline and the Alzheimer’s Society. A further £10,000 will be awarded to a local charity, with the winner announced next year.

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