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PDSA launches annual Enid Blyton writing competition

FABULOUS fairy fables, poetic pet poems and thought-provoking tearjerkers are being sought by leading veterinary charity, PDSA, as it launches its annual Enid Blyton writing competition. The competition will feature in the February issue of Animal Antics, the magazine of PDSA’s young people’s club, Pet Protectors.

The competition is named after the great children’s author, as Enid Blyton was the only person other than PDSA’s founder, Maria Dickin CBE, to become Queen Bee of the first PDSA children’s club, Busy Bees.

During her reign as Queen Bee (1952-1968) Enid Blyton encouraged Busy Bees to look after their animals and raise funds for PDSA. Enid Blyton’s philosophy continues today and members of the children’s club, now called Pet Protectors, are educated about responsible pet care in a friendly and fun way.

Donna French, PDSA Pet Protectors Club Organiser, said: “The quality of entries is staggering, we are very lucky to have so many talented members in the PDSA Pet Protectors Club”.

The competition is open to members of the PDSA Pet Protectors Club and the competition deadline is 24 April. To enter the competition, members need to write a short story or poem about animals in the style of Enid Blyton.

There are two age categories, age 10 and under and 11 and over.

A trophy, book voucher and Pet Protectors goodies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age category.

PDSA Pet Protectors Club is open to all young animal lovers. For an annual membership of just £7, members receive a personalised membership card, PDSA pin badge and copy of the club magazine, Animal Antics, every two months. There is also a PDSA website especially for young animal lovers - www.pdsa.org.uk/youngpdsa

Further information about the club is available from PDSA Pet Protectors Office, PDSA, Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9PQ. Tel. Freephone 0800 019 9144 or email petprotectors@pdsa.org.uk