A CHARITY worker has been named the “Retail Volunteer of the Year” in an annual awards.
Tony Phillips, 57, has given his time to veterinary charity PDSA for three years and often volunteers for four days a week.
He assists the team by visiting the homes of supporters to collect stock and furniture for the PDSA shop in Yoden Way, Peterlee.
Tony said: “I am extremely proud to have been named PDSA’s Retail Volunteer of the Year.
“I really enjoy helping out in the shop and meeting the charity’s supporters while I’m out and about.
“I consider the team to be like a second family to me – their support is invaluable and I’d like to dedicate this award to them.”
The PDSA Volunteer Awards are in their 12th year and are supported by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Pets At Home.
Despite competition from other finalists, Tony emerged victorious with his award, which he celebrated with his family.
Tony received his trophy from PDSA’s head of volunteering, Janet Compton. at the Peterlee shop.
Janet said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the PDSA, and Tony’s commitment and dedication to the charity is inspiring.
“As a stock collector, he is often the face of the PDSA to our supporters and is well- known for his exemplary customer service.
“He spends a fantastic amount of time volunteering for us, raising funds to help our vets and nurses provide vital veterinary treatment to the pets of people in need.
“We are very lucky to have Tony and are very grateful for his wonderful support.”
Tony is just one of over 4,500 people who volunteer for the PDSA in its charity shops, pet hospitals and fundraising groups across the country.
These volunteers help save the PDSA £12.7 million a year.
To join the PDSA’s team of volunteers or to find out more about helping pets in need, contact the national Volunteering Centre on freephone 0800 854194 or visit pdsa.org.uk/volunteers.