THE Echo’s Creature Comforts has received a final cash bonanza after raising thousands for poorly pets across Wearside.
Our drive has brought in a fantastic £5,000 for the new PDSA clinic, in Castletown, which treats dozens of sick animals every day.
The stat-of-the-art hospital costs around £75,000 to run, providing everything from consultations and routine procedures to life-saving operations.
However, the organisation, which helps pet owners on low incomes, gets no money from the Government or the National Lottery and relies wholly on kind donations from the public.
Launched last year, the Creature Comforts campaign saw generous Wearsiders inundate our offices with cheques for the charity.
The Echo’s deputy editor Richard Ord visited the £1.6million facility to hand over the money which will help establish a waiting room at the facility.
He said: “We’re delighted to hand over this money to such a worthy cause.
“The Wearside public have once again responded when we have asked and generously put their hands into their pockets, even during these difficult times.
“This facility is fantastic and we should be very proud to have it based here in the city.”
The clinic, known as the Reay Hudson Centre, is the PDSA’s most advanced and ecofriendly base to date, with six consulting rooms, two operating theatres, a dental theatre and digital X-ray room.
It also has a diagnostic laboratory, separate recovery wards for dogs, cats and small furry pets, and a critical care unit for infectious cases.
Ian McClive, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the hospital, said the money will make a major difference to the charity and paid tribute to all those who made a donation.
“People on Wearside love their pets and we have long enjoyed fantastic public support for the work of PDSA in the area,” he said. “So on behalf of all the sick and injured pets we care for, a huge ‘thank you’ to the Sunderland Echo and to everyone who has contributed to their fund-raising appeal.”