Pet Blood Bank UK has revealed the winners of its inaugural Heart of PBB Awards, launched to celebrate the achievements of those who help the charity collect and supply lifesaving blood.
Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBUK) has revealed the winners of its inaugural Heart of PBB Awards, a scheme launched to celebrate the achievements of those who help the charity collect and supply lifesaving blood.
Winners each received an engraved Heart of PBB Award and gift vouchers, made possible by a kind donation from the family of Debra Sykes – PBBUK’s first member of staff who sadly lost her fight against cancer in 2011, and who the award scheme was launched in memory of.
The Volunteering award was scooped by Alison Waggott, who runs a retired greyhound kennels in north-east England and who impressing the judging panel with her support of PBBUK since 2008.
Having first discovered PBBUK when a local veterinary practice held a blood collection session, Alison volunteered as an animal care assistant. After attending events to raise awareness of the charity’s work with other dog owners, she offered her kennels as a host venue for regular blood collection sessions. This is in addition to her rehoming and fundraising work for the Retired Greyhound Trust.
Winners of the second Heart of PBB Award in the fundraising category were Kate James and Brian Hildick-Smith, veterinary surgeons at the Yate branch of the Rowe Veterinary Group.
The pair made history when they raised £5,808.61 for the charity – one of the highest single amounts collected for the charity to date – when they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised a phenomenal £11,519.72 for PBBUK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wendy Barnett, trustee and head of clinical and professional services for PBBUK, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part in 2012’s Heart of PBB Award. It was our first year running the scheme, and the nominations we received were truly humbling. The time and effort our supporters have given to help us achieve our charitable goals has been remarkable.
“Reaching a consensus on the winners was extremely difficult and if we could say everyone’s a winner, we would… However, there can only be two this year and we feel these winners nudged their way into the lead.”
- For the full list of 2012 nominees and details of the 2013 award categories visit www.petbloodbankuk.org.