A woman from Thornton Heath has reached the final in a national competition to find young adults who have helped in their communities during the pandemic.

Veterinary Care Assistant Ashleigh Walton, 25, was nominated for Urban Jungle’s Heroes 2020 by her mum, Emma Walton, who said: “My daughter has worked consistently through both lockdowns, taking care of other people’s sick and injured pets as well as wildlife.

“She is a locum VCA and works all over Greater London and Surrey, travelling by public transport. She always goes the extra mile to ensure an animals’ comfort.”

Ashleigh said: “I don’t consider myself to be a hero – I’ve loved animals all my life and I will do everything I can to make sure a sick or injured animal gets all the help it needs.

“Sometimes, my days are really hard. If we get a badly injured or very sick pet brought in and there’s nothing the vet can do to save it, I take comfort in the knowledge that we did all we could. “All pets and wildlife deserve to be cared for and respected.”

Nominate your hero for 2020 by January 7, 2021, and they could receive a £250 Amazon voucher visit