My name is Gwen and I am running the 2017 London Marathon for an amazing charity, PDSA!
PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, helping sick and injured animals accross UK. The thing that makes them special is that they care for the pets of people in need by providing free vet services to their sick and injured animals to people who can't afford the vet bills.
They improve pet well-being in three ways, educating others, preventing disease, and carrying out life-saving operations. They have 51 pet hospitals and 380 pet practises accross the UK.
Maria Dickin is the founder of PDSA. When Maria went to visit the East end of London, she was horrified by the terrible poverty she witnessed- especially the sight of their sick and injured pets who were in desperate need of veterinary care. Dogs and cats had no choice but to scavenge from the gutters, many in pain and suffering- raw with mange and often dragging their broken limbs. All because their owners simply couldn't afford to pay for treatment. The first PDSA was opened in 1917, providing free pet services- in a basement is where it all started out.
PDSA has continued her amazing work ensuring that today, and the years to come, who can't afford medical care for their beloved pets will have somewhere to go for help and free treatment.
Animals have always been a huge part of my life. I've been vegetarian since I was 9, and vegan since I was 16. My family have always had animals in the house, and I couldn't imagine my life without them. In my spare time, I volunteer at animal welfare organisations, one of which was an internship for a farmed animal charity called Mercy for Animals, in Chicago. I spend my weekends volunteering at the RSPCA shelter and I am hoping to work with animals in the future, most ideally with dogs. I am so happy to have the opportunity to give back to a charity who are really making amazing changed all around UK to help animals in need. Please give generously!
They rely on donations, and with your help, we can directly help this charity and help animals in need!