Fundraising: Me and my charity - Cindy Jermon

Cindy Jermon, 70, has raised funds for animal charity the PDSA since its vets cared for her cat after an accident 15 years ago. She was the charity's 2003 volunteer of the year.

Why did you choose PDSA? It saved my cat, which lost an eye in a horrendous accident 15 years ago. I didn't have the money to go and see a vet at the time, so I turned to my local branch of the PDSA. The vet there told me the charity needed an electrically operated table for surgery. It cost £80, so I decided to raise funds to pay for it. I have been involved with the charity ever since.

What do you do to support the charity? I volunteer as a fundraiser. I mainly organise fairs, with various activities such as tombolas and raffles where everything costs £1. I ran 18 events last year, including a Christmas carnival - even the dogs came in costume. It was quite a fun day. Basically, I take every opportunity to promote the PDSA. All the activities are run from west Bournemouth, where I live.

Any outstanding events? I have taken part in the Remembrance Day march for three years. A dozen people from the charity joined the Animals in War contingent in Whitehall to remember animals that served in wartime.

The charity gives the PDSA Dickin Medal, which is named after its founder, for exceptional service. Sixty animals have been rewarded, mainly pigeons.

The last one was Buster the spaniel, who served in Iraq.

How much time do you give to the cause? A lot - about half of every week.

I have four people who help me out, including my husband, and I've been chairman of the Bournemouth fundraising group for five years. It isn't as grand as it sounds, but it's a lot of work. I was named PDSA volunteer of the year 2003, which I'm proud of as it was its first awards ceremony.

How much money have you raised so far? Between £35,000 and £40,000.

What are your other charities? I also work with Make-A-Wish, a charity that helps children living with life-threatening illnesses to realise their dreams.PDSA is my charity, though. It's my life because I love animals, and I have made many friends through the charity.

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