Shortlisted for PDSA volunteer award

A DEDICATED volunteer from Arbroath has been shortlisted in veterinary charity PDSA’s annual volunteer awards for his outstanding commitment to the charity.

Gordon Watt is up against two other hopefuls in the coveted ‘Key Volunteer of the Year’ award. The 56-year-old gives up his free time to help at PDSA’s busy store in Arbroath, which raises vital funds for local sick and injured animals.

Gordon, who has been a volunteer with PDSA for a year, is a ‘key’ volunteer, which means he has had specialist training to take on more responsibility in the store. He volunteers full-time, five days every week, working on the till and assisting customers with their shopping, as well helping to sort and price donations.

PDSA assistant store manager, Lynette Wenrich, who nominated Gordon for the award, said: “Gordon is an enthusiastic member of the Arbroath PDSA team. He is warm and friendly and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is great on the till and fantastic with our customers.

“Gordon now has the skills and confidence to manage the store when I’m away. His commitment, eagerness to learn and cheery personality makes him an extremely popular member of the team.

“Gordon always arrives an hour before the store opens to make sure everything is set up and the shop looks immaculate. He’s always coming up with great ideas to make the store better, including organising a volunteer rota so the store always runs smoothly. Gordon even spotted a first edition book by the famous author Ian Fleming and took it to a local auction, where it fetched £160 for PDSA.”

PDSA, which provides free veterinary treatment to the sick and injured pets of people in need, has over 5,000 volunteers helping in its charity shops, pet hospitals and fund-raising group across the country. Last year they saved the charity over £10 million in employments costs.

Lynette added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Gordon has been shortlisted in PDSA’s volunteer awards – it’s a fitting tribute to such a hardworking and likeable character.”

To join PDSA’s volunteering team and find out more about helping pets in need, contact the national volunteering centre on freephone 0800 854 194 or visit www.pdsa.org.uk/volunteering.