Volunteer from Croydon praised by pet charity PDSA for dedication to animals
8:47am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
A volunteer has been honoured for her dedication to caring for sick and injured animals.
Anne-Marie Czastka, 27, from Croydon, was crowned Veterinary Volunteer of the Year at pet charity PDSA's annual volunteer awards.
Judges praised her passion and commitment to the charity and presented her with a trophy at a ceremony at Croydon PetAid hospital on Monday February 25.
Anne-Marie, a counselling and psychotherapy student, has been volunteering for the charity for two years.
She said: “I was touched to be nominated in the first place, so I’m honoured to win it. Nothing like this ever happens to me, it’s been a tough few years with my illness and winning this feels great. It’s a good feeling to be recognised and appreciated for the work I do.
“I love volunteering; I enjoy the atmosphere in the PetAid hospital and among the staff, we all come together for a good cause and seeing the PDSA help sick and injured pets makes it all worthwhile.”
Janet Compton, PDSA’s head of volunteering,said: “Anne-Marie has shown that she is an extremely devoted volunteer.
"Always smiling and welcoming, Anne-Marie is fantastic with clients – helpful and polite, ensuring their pets’ needs are met at all times."