Dartford couple achieve combined total of 95 years of RSPCA work

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2018

Eric and Edna Grover with Alastair Stewart and Deborah Meaden. Photo: RSPCA

Eric and Edna Grover with Alastair Stewart and Deborah Meaden. Photo: RSPCA


A Dartford couple have notched up almost a century of dedicated work for the RSPCA, and now the animal charity is making their incredible achievement.

Edna and Eric Grover have dedicated a total of 95 years to the RSPCA. Photo: RSPCAEdna and Eric Grover have dedicated a total of 95 years to the RSPCA. Photo: RSPCA

The husband and wife team have together racked up an astonishing 95 years leading the North West Kent branch.

Edna Grover has seen 50 years of that and husband Eric is in his 45th year.

Animal care chiefs say the couple, married for 58 years, are the backbone of the RSPCA.

The Dartford couple received an RSPCA Honour at a London ceremony.

They were awarded the Queen Victoria Gold award at the event hosted by Alastair Stewart OBE at the Royal Society.

Celebrities including Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan, Kate Lawler and TOWIE’s Pete Wicks attended.

The charity said the award is usually received by an individual but the pair has worked so closely as a team an exception was made.

Edna, 98, is the branch president while Eric, 81, has been chairman for 45 years. He is also secretary and treasurer when needed.

Branch support specialist Becky Blackmore who nominated the couple said: “Edna and Eric are the backbone of the Branch and have led it from strength to strength.

“Many thousands of unwanted, abused and abandoned animals have gone on to live happy lives thanks to the work done in the branch area under their tenure.”

Eric said: “Edna and I was mayor and mayoress of Dartford in the 1960s and Edna wanted to start running a coffee morning for the RSPCA because of her love for animals. This led to us joining the RSPCA committee and our involvement went from there.”

Sadly, Edna will soon step down from committee due to ill health, but is hoping to be able to continue as the branch president.

Deputy executive Chris Wainwright said: “The evening showcases the work of those who go the extra mile to show compassion and dedication to animals.

“There have been so many inspirational and heartwarming stories and we hope the awards have helped to highlight the positive power of animals and the impact they have on our lives.”

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