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The PDSA Pet Hospital on Hepton Court fundraising team

The PDSA Pet Hospital on Hepton Court fundraising team

Leeds Vets Go Extra Mile For Pets In Need

1 year ago

23rd March, 2023 14h04


The team took on the highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales

A dedicated team of vets put their best foot forward when they took on the highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales last weekend raising more than £450 for the city’s pets in need.  

The team, who work at the Leeds PDSA Pet Hospital on Hepton Court, swapped their pet hospital scrubs for their walking boots on Saturday, March 18, when they trekked eight miles up Whernside.

James Funnell, Pet Hospital Leader at Leeds, said: “We’re over the moon to have raised a fantastic £450 and counting for PDSA.

“We all see first-hand how our service is a vital lifeline to so many pets and their owners in the local community which is why we all feel so passionately about fundraising – especially right now in the current economic climate. Now more than ever are our services needed to support people and pets in their time of need.

“Whernside was a challenging walk, but it was beautiful, too, and it was great to connect with colleagues outside of our usual clinical environment.”

In 2022, it cost PDSA over £1 million to run its services at Leeds Pet Hospital where the team saw 8,300 pets and provided over 16,500 consultations – 12,000 of which were face-to-face.

“It’s PDSA’s mission to keep people and pets together,” added James. “Last year we helped over 320,000 families. With more than half of those who rely on our services aged 55 and over, and 37% disabled or living with a serious health condition, their pet often provides vital companionship.

“I’d encourage anyone struggling to afford the cost of veterinary treatment to find out if they are entitled to access our services by visiting the eligibility checker on our website. We also have lots of free advice on how to reduce the cost of caring for pets, while ensuring they remain healthy and happy.”

Amy Wareing-Reid, Fundraising Manager at PDSA, said: “It’s truly amazing to see a team who work so tirelessly on a daily basis to help pets in need, then go above and beyond in their personal lives to continue helping the cause. The team at Leeds PDSA Pet Hospital are a shining example to us all and showcase how successful they are when working together. We’re enormously grateful to them all!”

To donate to the team’s challenge page, visit

PDSA relies on donations to deliver life-saving treatment to hundreds of thousands of pets across its 48 Pet Hospitals in the UK. To keep families together this winter, the charity is urgently calling on the public’s support more than ever to prevent vulnerable people having to make a truly heart-breaking decision. To find out more about PDSA’s vital work during the cost-of-living crisis, or to donate, visit

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