Anthony's Volunteering Story

Volunteers are the lifeblood of PDSA, helping to raise funds to treat 470,000 sick and injured pets across the UK every year. In Belfast, one volunteer in particular is being celebrated for her commitment to the charity.

Anthony McCrory – Lisburn PDSA shop

A real family affair as three generations volunteer at the same shop!

Anthony started volunteering at Lisburn PDSA Shop for a very personal reason.

His son, Callum, has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and was already volunteering at the shop, along with Anthony’s wife, Suzie, after a family friend suggested it as a way of improving his confidence.

Anthony was so impressed by the change in his son that he decided he wanted to say thank you. And what better way than with the donation of his time, energy and knowledge!

Initially, Anthony planned to stay for a couple of months, just enough time to express his gratitude before getting back to his busy life as a mature law student. But once he got stuck into his voluntary role, he enjoyed it so much that leaving has never crossed his mind. Volunteering has become such a big part of his life that Anthony can’t imagine a week passing by without spending some time at his home from home; PDSA Lisburn. And they’ve introduced yet another McCrory to the fold in the shape of Tony’s father George who, at 78, has found a new lease of life through volunteering.

Anthony says that he’s been hugely impressed by just how professionally the shop is run. He continues, “If you go into volunteering with preconceptions, I can guarantee you’ll be surprised. I know I was! You'll be amazed at just how much you'll get out of it. In fact, you'll get much more back than you ever have to give. New friends, new skills, new experiences. You can never give too little time, it all counts.”

Anthony and other PDSA volunteers in our Lisburn shop.