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Chilly challenge for Jacqui

Veterinary receptionist Jacqui Fincham made a jubilant return to her home in Tiptree, Colchester recently following a dramatic 250 kilometre husky trek across Lapland.

Jacqui took up the challenge to raise money for pet charity The Blue Cross after her employer, the Spring Lodge Veterinary Hospital, encouraged her to sign up. After months of intense fundraising Jacqui has reaped in an incredible £6,000 for the charity.

Jacqui joined 15 participants who all travelled to Lapland for the trek in aid of The Blue Cross. Each person was paired with a team of husky dogs who they had to care for throughout the six day trip. Jacqui and her companions had to build close relationships with the dogs to ensure their mutual safety and well being during the trek, which involved long days in extremely cold and isolated conditions.

Jacqui said: ”I feel privileged to have taken part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. I felt really close to the huskies in my team, particularly Canis. He still has a special place in my heart and I miss him dreadfully. I would like to thank everyone who has supported and sponsored me along the way, especially my husband Mark, whose surprise arrival at the finish line was an emotional ending to my trip. Although I was devastated when the time came to say goodbye to the dogs, I am delighted that I raised so much vital funds to help homeless pets at The Blue Cross.”

The total money raised for the animal charity by the 2007 husky trek participants came to over £42,500.