£3,000 for charity in memory of vet Sally

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FAMILY and friends of a Rasen woman who died in a car crash last year have raised £3,000 for charity.

Charities the Blue Cross, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDLMR) and Girlguiding Lincolnshire North joined together last Thursday, March 10, in memory of young vet Sally Hessey.

Members from each charity were joined by Sally’s mum, Anna Hessey, from West Rasen, and received a donation of £3,000, raised from contributions made at her funeral.

Sally, 23, was actively involved as a dedicated volunteer for all three charities before she died last year in a car accident on February 2, 2010. The donations were given at Sally’s funeral in lieu of floral arrangements.

The funds were divided between three of Sally’s favourite charities, with all of whom she was actively involved.

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

“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.”

Before she died, Sally had recently 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 began volunteering for The Blue Cross as a Guide when she was about 12 years old. She began by helping out in the kennels, looking after poorly pets staying overnight.

She then worked under supervision alongside veterinary nurses when she began training to become a vet herself.

Sally also actively supported the charity’s fundraising activities and helped at shows.

Wendy Adams, Blue Cross head of veterinary clinical services said: “Sally was an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the team here at the Grimsby animal hospital.

“She is greatly missed and her contribution to the care of all the animals will be a great loss. We would like to thank everyone who made a donation. The funds will greatly help us to treat many sick and injured local animals in need.”

Sally 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.

While studying at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh during 2007, she rescued many seals and even a basking shark before returning to Lincolnshire as a qualified vet, where she continued helping marine mammals in the Skegness area.

BDMLR operations manager Stephen Marsh said: “Sally was highly regarded at the charity for her dedication knowledge, skills and good nature and she is missed by all who knew her.

“The donations received in her name are really appreciated and will go towards helping medics who wish to achieve the level of Advanced Medic but can’t afford the more costly elements of the qualification via a bursary in her name.

“We also intend to buy new animal models for medics to train with and hope to provide some free places on a training course for some members of the Lincolnshire Senior Section.”

Sally was also a member of Girlguiding UK from the age of seven, when she joined the Brownies.

She went on to become a Guide and Young Leader and finally gained her warrant as a Guide Guider.

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

This was the award that Sally had worked towards and gained in 2004.

Ann Lynn, county president for Girlguiding Lincolnshire North, said: “Sally was forever challenging herself and was an outstanding example of a member of Guiding.

“She kept the ethos of Guiding alive by sharing her wide ranging qualities with whichever community she was with.”

A commemorative plaque in memory of Sally will be placed in the Grimsby animal hospital and the charity will be hosting a fundraising afternoon tea party in Sally’s memory this Saturday, March 19.

This is a new annual event for animal lovers to get together in aid of needy animals and will take place between 2pm-4pm at Scartho Methodist church on Louth Road. Entry is £1 per person.

Contact the Grimsby animal hospital for more information on 01472 343278.