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Fundraising Dagenham great-granny made community champion

PUBLISHED: 12:08 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:08 30 June 2015

Eileen Landy with Barking MP Margaret Hodge and her dog, Margo

Eileen Landy with Barking MP Margaret Hodge and her dog, Margo

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A selfless dog lover has been presented with a community champion award by Margaret Hodge in recognition of her fundraising efforts.

Great-grandmother Eileen Landy spends hours putting together hampers which are then raffled off to raise money for animal charity Hornchurch Pet Services.

But the modest 83-year-old, who lives in Lindisfarne Road, Dagenham, insists that she is only doing her bit to make sure that vulnerable animals are looked after.

“I love animals, I really adore them,” Eileen said. “I’ve been making the hampers for two to three years and I make sure that they contain everything that a person needs.

“They’re so heavy that they take two people to carry and sometimes they sell for £100 which makes a big difference to the charity.”

The retired carer admitted that it was lovely to be recognised for her work. And she couldn’t wait to show off her certificate at the Young at Heart group that she attends at Becontree Avenue Baptist church.

“It was very thrilling and lovely to be chosen,” Eileen said. “I’m very proud.”

She has housed many dogs over the years, all of which she has rehomed from animal rescue centres.

Eileen’s currently devoted to Margo, a four year old Dandie Dinmont terrier which has cancer.

“I like to take in abandoned animals, I’d never buy one from a shop – it’s always one that needs a home,” Eileen, who also donates to the RSPCA and provides supplies to the PDSA, said.

“When you come home they’re there waiting for you and they don’t give you no bother.”

Paying tribute to Eileen, Barking MP Mrs Hodge said: “The first time I met Eileen I was completely blown away by her warmth, charm and her commitment to animal welfare.

“Eileen has worked extremely hard to raise money to protect vulnerable animals and is an example to us all.”

More information about Hornchurch Pet Services can be found at hornchurchpetservices.co.uk


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