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Fiona and Chris

Fiona and Chris

Wakefield Vets Take On 50km Walking Challenge For Cats Protection

4 weeks ago

8th September, 2022 08h22


A pair of veterinary surgeons are preparing to complete the 50km Thames Path Challenge this weekend in the hope of raising £6,000 for Cats Protection.

Fiona and Chris Coutts, veterinary surgeons and Joint Venture Partners at Vets4Pets Wakefield Westgate and Vets4Pets Castleford, have already raised more than £5,000 towards their target. Fundraising efforts have included donation boxes at the practice, bake-sales, and selling homemade wreaths at Christmas.

The pair originally planned to trek part of the Alps in 2020 in support of Cats Protection, but the trip was delayed twice due the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Fiona and Chris will now take part in the Thames Path Challenge – a 50km-in-a-day walking route through Richmond, Hampton Court and Windsor along the River Thames on Saturday 10thSeptember.

The duo is raising funds to help Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity, in its pursuit to find good homes for cats, support and encourage their neutering and improve people’s understanding of keeping them as pets.

Fiona Coutts said: “This September, we’re planning to walk 50km in one day along the River Thames to raise much-needed funds for Cats Protection. The work they do is so important and the money we raise will help them in lots of different ways, from rehoming cats and educating their new owners, to looking after those who have been victims of abuse through their Paws Protect programme. 

“For both of us, this is an important cause and we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone in the local community who is helping us towards our goal. All we have to do now is the walk itself – we’re just hoping it doesn’t rain!”

The fundraising initiative forms part of the Pets at Home Group’s social value strategy, Our Better World Pledge, and supports its goal of becoming the most responsible pet care business in the world. This includes commitments to positively impact the life of every pet in the UK by 2030, enhance the lives of one million people by 2030 and to become net zero by 2040.

To donate, visit Fiona and Chris’s fundraising page here.

For more information about Vets4Pets Wakefield Westgate, visit the practice websitehere, and for more information about Vets4Pets Castleford, visit the practice websitehere.

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