PDSA’s runners at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday helped to raise a quarter of a million pounds for pets in need. Nineteen runners took to the capital’s streets, including six of the charity’s own staff.
PDSA’s runners at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday helped to raise a quarter of a million pounds for pets in need.
Nineteen runners took to the capital’s streets to help raise funds for sick and injured pets, including six of the charity’s own staff:
- Rachel Clay, Portsmouth PDSA (3hrs 34mins),
- Chris Sherwood, Leicester PDSA (3hrs 34mins),
- Samantha Calder, Coventry PDSA (5hrs 34mins),
- Tracy Bennett, Beaumont Veterinary Centre in Exeter (4hrs 55 mins),
- Jan McLoughlin, PDSA director general (4hrs 47 mins), and
- James Puxty, PDSA’s head of PR (4hrs 26 mins).
PDSA fundraising manager Brenda Smith said: “Huge congratulations to everyone who completing the Virgin London Marathon. It’s wonderful to see so much support for PDSA, and I’d like to thank all our runners for the hard training and fundraising they have done in recent months. They really are an inspiration to us all.”
All the money raised by the runners will go to help support PDSA in providing free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need. The charity, which relies entirely on public financial support, provided more than 2.3 million treatments in 2010 through its UK-wide network of 48 PetAid hospitals.
Mr Sherwood said: “I’d urge anyone thinking about signing up for next’s year race to support PDSA and help to raise funds for the thousands of sick and injured pets that we care for every day […] As a vet I know how vital these funds are – if we don’t raise the money I can’t do my job – so it’s wonderful to know that I’m really helping to make a difference.”
People wishing to run in support of PDSA in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon should apply for their own ballot place but they can also contact the fundraising department at firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest for one of the limited number of places the charity has to offer.
The ballot for places in next year’s marathon opens on April 26. For more information visit www.pdsa.org.uk/marathon.