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PDSA challenge trekkers raise £8500 for pets in need of vets


The challenge of a lifetime Hadrian’s Wall Trekkers who have raised over £8000 for PDSA

An intrepid group of 19 walkers and six dogs have raised a phenomenal £8500 for leading veterinary charity, PDSA, after completing a 30-mile sponsored trek along Hadrian’s Wall at the end of July.

The group of PDSA staff, supporters, animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK, began their trek at Lanercost Priory, then along the remaining sections of Hadrian’s Wall that cut through Northumberland National Park. Encouraging one another as they conquered high and steep terrain, they were rewarded with the knowledge of having contributed towards caring for the sick and injured pets of people in need.

PDSA Hadrian’s Wall trek participant, Helen Ainsley from Boldon Colliery, Tyne and Wear, commented: ‘I experienced a brilliant sense of achievement having completed the challenge of a lifetime trek. We walked at a leisurely and relaxed pace so as to enjoy spectacular scenery. I also met a variety of people all passionate about pets.’

PDSA Area Fundraising Manager and trekker, Lee Grant, added: ‘This is the second time PDSA has run the Hadrian’s Wall sponsored trek and we have been delighted with the tremendous enthusiasm and support from all the participants.

‘Preparations are underway for next year’s trek and I look forward to hearing from people eager to take on the challenge and raise funds for pets in need of vets.’

For information about the 2006 PDSA Challenge of a lifetime trek along Hadrian’s Wall, please call freephone number 0800 917 2509 or visit the PDSA website on www.pdsachallenge.org.uk