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KC man faces ‘challenge of a lifetime’

John and friends pictured at Discover Dogs last month

The Kennel Club’s Club Manager, John Golding, will be embarking on the challenge of a lifetime next April on behalf of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. John will be putting the Club behind him to take part in a six-day dog sledding expedition on the Lapland Husky Trail.

John has past experience of working with Siberian Huskies, but has only once previously competed in the snow and has never camped outdoors. John will be working and travelling for at least 14 hours on each day of the expedition, which takes place entirely within the Arctic Circle.

The Trail starts in Norway before crossing into Sweden, and John will face temperatures of down to minus 20º Celsius!

John will participate in all aspects of the challenge, including feeding, bedding down and preparing the dogs, putting up and taking down tents, making hot drinks and generally helping around camp. A typical day will begin at around 8.30am when he will prepare the dogs and sled for the day, in readiness to depart at 10.30am. Each long day will end with again feeding and preparing the dogs for the evening and setting up camp for the night.

The Lapland Husky Trail takes place from April 1st – 8th 2006 and John hopes to raise a significant sum of money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. "The closer the expedition gets, the more excited about it I am getting. It will be a huge challenge for me and I’m already busy in the gym getting in shape for it. I’m determined to lose several pounds in weight before I go, whilst piling on the pounds for the Charitable Trust!"

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust helps ‘make a difference for dogs’ by providing grants to organisations which promote the advancement of science and research into canine diseases, the quality of life of humans whose dogs act as therapeutic and physical aids, and the relief of dogs in need of care and attention. The Trust was formed in 1987 and has distributed funds totalling around £2million since its inception, with almost £300,000 awarded in grants last year alone.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said "John’s expedition to raise funds for the Charitable Trust is a wonderful example of his commitment to help make a difference for dogs. We are extremely grateful for the lengths he is prepared to go to, to support our work, and I’m hoping that thinking about the amount of money he has raised for the Charitable Trust will help him keep warm at night when the temperature outside is plummeting!"

Anyone wishing to support John’s challenge of a lifetime can do so by sending in a cheque for any amount, no matter how large or small, to John Golding, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB. Cheques should be made payable to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and marked Lapland Husky Trail on the envelope in order to enable accurate measurement of John’s fantastic fundraising achievements. Information on larger sponsorship opportunities, such as sponsoring a husky, the sled or the kit, can be obtained by phoning John on 020 7518 1052 or email