Donations remember animal-loving Sally

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THREE charities will come together next week to remember an animal-loving West Rasen woman.

The Blue Cross, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDLMC) and Girlguiding Lincolnshire North will unite in memory of young vet Sally Hessey on Thursday, March 10, to receive a donation of £3,000 for the charities, given in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

Sally died in a car accident, aged just 23, on February 2 last year.

The donation will be handed over by Sally’s mum, Anna, at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Nelson Street, Grimsby.

“I am only just beginning to comprehend the social network of people whose lives our daughter, Sally, touched,” said Anna.

“Also the enormous energy and time she gave to others, both people and animals, and the high esteem in which others valued her.

“The support and generosity from all who knew Sally is amazing.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and, with sadness but pleasure, give these donations in her memory to the three charities she worked for.

“By following Sally’s example, I hope more young people and animals can benefit in the practical ways she enjoyed.”

Not long before she died, Sally had realised her lifelong dream of becoming a qualified vet after volunteering for the Blue Cross animal hospital in Grimsby for just over 10 years.

She also trained as a medic for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) in Nottingham in 2003, later becoming the co-ordinator and trainer for the Edinburgh and Fife regions.

Sally had been a member of Girlguiding UK from the age of seven, when she joined the brownies. She went on to become a guide, then young leader and gained her warrant as a Guide Guider.

In 2004, she gained the Queen’s Guide Award.

A fund has been set up in memory of Sally, which will be used for senior section members to help to buy the formal uniform to wear at the royal presentation of their Queen’s Guide Award.