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Celebrity PDSA vet issues challenge to animal lovers


Steve Leonard working as a PDSA vet at the Stoke PDSA Pet Aid hospital

Celebrity vet Steve Leonard is asking people with a passion for travel and adventure to help his favourite veterinary charity, PDSA, by taking part in one of five PDSA challenges in 2005.

Steve Leonard, well known for his adventures in the television programmes Vets in the Wild and Extreme Animals, also spends time as a locum vet with leading veterinary charity, PDSA, providing free veterinary treatment to the sick and injured pets of people in need.

Steve Leonard comments: "With the television programmes I'm involved in, I'm lucky enough to visit many countries and experience the differences in cultures, scenery and wildlife and now there is an ideal opportunity for other animal lovers to do so as well."

PDSA is recruiting participants for 2005 challenges now:

China - A ten day trek along the Great Wall of China taking place from 8 to
17 September 2005. Registration deadline is 12 May, with a fee of £200 needed. The remaining sponsorship required is £1,935, which is to be paid by 25 August.

Peru - A ten day trek along the Peru Inca trail taking place from 12 to 21 September 2005. Registration deadline is 13 May, with a fee of £200 needed. The remaining sponsorship required is £2,150, which is to be paid by 26 August.

South Africa - An eleven day visit to South Africa taking place from 15 to 25 September 2005. Registration deadline 20 May, with a fee of £200 needed. The remaining sponsorship required is £2,599, which is to be paid by 2 September.

Steve continued: "I know first hand the fantastic work PDSA does. So if you are looking for the ultimate holiday destination and the knowledge you are helping the work of a charity that is a lifeline to many people and their pets, why not take up a PDSA challenge."

PDSA provides participants with all the support they need including an A - Z list of fundraising ideas to help raise the sponsorship money required.

As well as the China, Peru and South Africa challenges, PDSA is also organising a London - Paris cycle ride from 22 June to 26 June and a dog friendly Hadrian's Wall weekend from 22 to 24 July.

For further information about any of the 2005 PDSA Challenges, please call freephone number 0800 917 2509 or visit the PDSA website on www.pdsachallenge.org.uk - www.pdsachallenge.org.uk