To celebrate the start of Volunteers' Week 2017, Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have joined forces to thank volunteers and foster carers who have given up their time to help thousands of homeless animals.
Last year, 1,399 volunteers and foster carers gave up an impressive 140,948.25 hours - the equivalent of 16 years - and in a new video, the charity and Radio 1 DJ, who is also a foster carer, look at the roles of the charity's volunteers.
Next week, Battersea will also be hosting its first ever Volunteering and Fostering Conference to say thank you to their many dedicated volunteers and foster carers and to showcase their hard work. Speakers will include Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO, renowned dog trainer Sarah Fisher, and Feline Specialist Vicky Halls.
Charlotte Fielder, Battersea’s Head of Volunteering & Fostering, said, "The support of the volunteers and foster carers is vital to Battersea. We’re so grateful for the work they do - they are integral to the work of the Home.
"I want to thank them for everything they do and let them know how much the staff and animals appreciate their hard work. The Volunteering and Fostering Conference is set to be a brilliant day to celebrate their hard work and the difference they make."
Battersea's Volunteering and Fostering Department also thanks players of the People's Postcode Lottery, who have so far donated a total of £200,000 to help expand the programme.
For more information on volunteering and becoming a foster carer, visit their website.