Staff from a veterinary group swapped medicine for music to raise nearly £2,000 for animal charities.

Student veterinary nurse Rebecca Lawrence (left) with vet Mandy Ball.

A 160 sell-out crowd attended a fund-raising gig at The Cluny in Newcastle, which was organised by Westway Veterinary Group vet Mandy Ball, student veterinary nurse Rebecca Lawrence and receptionist Carlie Lindren, who all work at Westway’s main branch in West Road, Newcastle.

The money raised is being divided between five charities Westway supports, including WECare – a charity that enables Westway to send vets and veterinary nurses to Sri Lanka to treat stray dogs, as well as providing drugs and equipment to help improve the animals’ health and welfare.

Westway’s Stray Fund – which costs £3,000 a year to run and enables vets to offer free veterinary treatment, food and accommodation to abandoned pets and wildlife – will also benefit, along with Brysons Animal Refuge, Blyth Wildlife Rescue and Blaydon Bunny Rescue.

Miss Ball said: “The gig was really well supported by family, friends and colleagues, and helped us to raise money for some vital causes.

“It was good to be able to help some local charities we’ve helped for a long time, as well as WECare, which is helping dogs in Sri Lanka. We’re planning more gigs in the future and also hoping to have a charity ball.”

Westway, which also owns Easyvets and Value Vets, has 23 surgeries and employs 35 vets, making it the biggest veterinary group in the north-east of England.

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