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There’s still time to vote for Charity Employee of the Year

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Heather Dodd

Jenna with her young horse Brego

Jenna with her own horse Brego

If you think a local charity or member of the team has shown absolute dedication and commitment to animal welfare and deserves to win The Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards, it’s not too late to vote for them.

Local girl Jenna Martyn describes her nomination for the 2014 awards as a “lovely surprise”, when she was told early last year. “The first I heard of it was when I received a phone call to say I had made the finals, having been recommended by my line manager.”

At the time Jenna was working in the Horse Unit at the Blue Cross’s Burford centre, as Vet & Yard Supervisor. “This job entailed a bit of everything,” explains Jenna, “feeding, monitoring herd structure, and basically ensuring that the horses were having all their requirements met. I was also managing the Centre’s Horse Care team of grooms.

“When Petplan sent out the film crew, it was quite exciting. It’s great for charity workers to be recognised in this way and I’m proud to work for the Blue Cross, as everyone involved puts their heart and soul into it. It’s a nice feeling seeing people working towards the same goal.”

Jenna clearly has a passion for animals and has always known she wanted to work in the industry. She has equine qualifications and is especially interested in the veterinary side. “I love the values that the Blue Cross hold, and to love your job every day is important to me.”

But why does she think she won?   “Gosh, you’d have to ask the judges that, though they did say the liked the passion that came across in my video,” she laughs.

Clearly winning the award is not bad for your career prospects either – Jenna has since been promoted to Burford Rehoming Centre Manager.

As a parting shot, she says, “Do let your readers know that anyone can go on the Petplan website at and nominate for 2015 – there’s still time to vote as closing date is 13th Feb 2015.”

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