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.
Val's Volunteering Story
Val Morrison – Volunteer Fundraiser, Belfast
It just goes to show what one woman and a lot of determination can do!
Val Morrison has been the figurehead of PDSA’s Belfast Fundraising Group since 2006 and has worked tirelessly to raise both awareness and funds for PDSA, both in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. Over the past five year alone, Val has helped raise £11,000 for the charity by organising events such as the popular Bark in the Park.
Those around her say they’ve never met anyone with such determination, enthusiasm and ability as Val. She never wavers and even in the face of personal adversity when she lost her husband, Val threw herself into volunteering. She is the glue that holds the group’s other fundraisers together, keeping them motivated with her infectious optimism and love of life.
Val’s commitment and dedication have seen her win awards including PDSA’s own Fundraiser of the Year award in 2015 and was recently awarded the government’s Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers in their local communities.
Val said: “PDSA is a charity very dear to my heart. When I’m out fundraising I often get to meet pets and their owners that have been helped by PDSA’s vets and nurses. For a lot of us, pets are our only companion and are a reason to leave the house, go for a walk and meet people. So when a pet needs veterinary help and an owner can’t afford private treatment, PDSA is helping the person as much as their pet.”
Val says that the best bit about volunteering with PDSA, aside from knowing she’s helping a great cause, are all the friendships she’s made over the years. She says: “People often overlook the social aspect of volunteering. It’s a great way to meet wonderful, likeminded people in your area. I’ve made friendships that I know will last a lifetime”.unteer in particular is being celebrated for her commitment to the charity.