British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2011-03-14 15:42:19

Charities unite in memory of animal loving Sally

charities unite in memory of animal loving SallyCharities The Blue Cross, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDLMR) and Girlguiding Lincolnshire North joined together on Thursday 10 March 2011 in memory of young vet Sally Hessey. They joined to meet Sally's mum, Anna Hessey, and receive a donation of £3000 for the charities from contributions made at her funeral. Sally was actively involved as a dedicated volunteer for all three charities before she tragically died, aged just 23, in a car accident on 2nd February 2010. The donations were given at Sally's funeral in lieu of floral arrangements and have been divided equally between three of Sally's favourite charities, all of whom she was actively involved with during her lifetime.  An additional £1000 was received specially for BDMLR from a generous donor in Sally's memory.

Before she died, Sally, from West Rasen in Lincolnshire, had recently realised her lifelong dream of becoming a qualified vet after volunteering for The Blue Cross animal hospital in Grimsby for just over ten 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.

Sally became 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 Queens 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."

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. Whilst studying at The Royal (Dick) 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. Stephen Marsh, BDMLR Operations Manager 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 may also 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 Guides Senior Section."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."

Stephen Marsh
BDMLR Operations Manager