Meet our fundraisers
Lewis Blood is taking on the Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France - Gran Fondo. Sunday 11 June, 2017
Cycling 230km (143 miles) with 3,600m (11,900ft) of climbing in South Wales passing through the beautiful Brecon Beacons. This is one of the most iconic and toughest sportives in the UK.
Following the loss of our 13 year old Cocker Spaniel, Jasper, on the 23 August 2016 from pancreatic cancer, I wanted to use my passion for road cycling to help raise money for canine cancer research. I have therefore chosen the iconic Dragon Ride (an extremely demanding sportive) on the 11tJune 2017, and will ride it in memory of our beloved Jasper who gave us 13 years of pure pleasure and loyalty.
The last few weeks of Jasper's life were extremely difficult. Following surgery to remove the cancer we had to take the heartbreaking decision seven days later to put Jasper to sleep. I now feel that I owe it to my best buddy to raise money for canine cancer in his memory. Despite having done several tough challenges over the last couple of years (including twice raising money for Breast Cancer Now, riding in the Prudential Ride 100), the challenge I have chosen to ride for the Animal Health Trust will be my toughest yet.
As my best buddy Jasper had to endure a tough last week of his life, following surgery that we chose to put him through, I have this unbearable feeling of guilt that I let my buddy down by putting him through such a big operation at such an old age.
The challenge I do will therefore push me to my limits to say a huge sorry to our Jazzy B, and raise much needed funds to support AHT’s cancer research. My hope is that, in years to come, AHT’s work will result in fewer animals suffering, and dying from this dreadful disease.
Hatty Jones - The Great Birmingham Run (10k race) - 30th April 2017
I am fundraising for the Animal Health Trust's crucial research into canine cancer, as I recently lost my gorgeous dog Woody to bone cancer. Whilst I am devastated after losing him, I am equally inspired to try and help overcome this horrible illness, so that in the future dogs can fight it more easily.
I will be spending the next few months building up stamina as at the moment 3k is my best distance. This will be a very tough challenge for me but my determination will be fuelled knowing that all the money raised is going to such a worthy cause.
I will be climbing two of North Wales’ highest mountains (Mount Snowdon and Cadair Idris) on 13th and 14th February 2016 - one mountain each day - with friends, family and hopefully others in memory of my dog, Codie, who we sadly lost to cancer on 22nd November 2015.
Codie was born in Wales so it only seems fitting that the event takes place there! The total height of both peaks combined will be 1978m! In a joint effort we will easily be able to climb the total height of Kilimanjaro multiple times over the course of the weekend. I've always wanted to do my part for charity but have never had something that I am 100% passionate about until very recently! Unfortunately it took the death of my dog to realise.
I am fundraising for the AHT because the research that they undertake goes towards the diagnosis, prevention and curing of the cruel disease which could save other dogs lives. I am also doing this to raise awareness of canine cancer with the help of my family, friends and the AHT. I have already received a tremendous amount of support from those who are just as passionate as me about the cause.
It means so much to me that I am not doing this alone and I am sure that Codie is smiling down on us all now. We can ALL work together to help give ALL animals, not just dogs, a fighting chance thanks to all the AHT does. Thank you. If you would like to participate in this event or any future events, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nikki Stebbing - Run Norwich 10k
In 2013, Earl, our ten year old Border Terrier, was diagnosed with cataracts to both eyes after we noticed him becoming more and more withdrawn every day.
Earl was losing weight, losing confidence, he no longer wanted to venture outside, and no longer enjoyed his favourite spot in his bean bag which overlooked our back garden. Thankfully, the Ophthalmology Team at the AHT, headed by Rachael Grundon, successfully operated on Earl, and gave him a new lease of life. The AHT took such great care of Earl, and were there to support us 24-7. I am fundraising for the AHT to give something back in return.
I am new to running, having only completed my first competitive 5km road race in May. I completed the Run Norwich 10km challenge in August 2015, beating my personal best to finish the race in just under an hour: 56 mins and 12 seconds!
I hope to continue to build up my stamina and complete many more runs for the AHT in the near future!
Bryony has been busy attending various horse shows in 2015 in the Lincolnshire area to help raise funds and awareness for the AHT, and how we were able to help her horses.
Bryony seems to have caught the fundraising bug and is working hard to attend more shows in 2016 with her gorgeous AHT Mascots, her miniature ponies, Isabella and Rainy.
Watch this space for more info on Bryony's fundraising journey and which shows she'll be attending this summer.
Last year, of her fundraising experience, Bryony said: "I’m holding several charity stands at local shows, such as Norton Disney Horse Trials, in aid of the Animal Health Trust. Three of my horses have benefited from the pioneering work they do as one of the leading referral and research clinics within the UK and Europe. The AHT have made my horses' stay a pleasant one, especially Isabella and Rainy who were spoilt rotten and made such a fuss of.
“My miniature horses are going to be the mascots of AHT and the living proof of the amazing work they do. The girls Isabella and Rainy (my one eyed princess) will be the star attractions of the stand! If you feel you can contribute in anyway - big or small - all donations and support will be greatly appreciated.”
Joanne Herbert - Sponsored Beach Walk, October 2015
AHT treated our beloved Cocker Spaniel called Meg. Meg developed Cushings Disease and then a much rarer secondary condition which affected her muscles.
Meg would have been 12 years old in October 2015 and although the AHT couldn't help her further, she enjoyed a few weeks of being more comfortable. Meg was a very brave little dog and I wanted to organise something in her memory to raise vital funds for AHT research to help other dogs, so in October I organised a three mile beach walk at Skegness with a group of my dog-loving friends. I was blown away by the support. Everyone, including all the dogs involved, had a great day and we managed to raise in excess of £1,000 for the AHT.
I hope to repeat the event again next year to raise more money for the AHT and the great work they do.
If you'd like to sponsor Joanne, click here.
Sam was about 18 when I first got him and let me tell you he was naughty, he kicked out at people, other horses and he was always grumpy! Because he was a riding school horse, he was looked after, but never got the one on one attention that he needed like some horses do, so I worked with him. I simply spent time with him, told him how much he meant to me all the time, treated him, took him out places, shows, fun rides etc.
He was having the time of his life but he had a small, slow growing lump on the side of his head, it wasn’t a surprise as he was a grey but it was a melanoma, which is a form of cancer common in most veteran grey horses, little did I know they were dotted all over his body, making it hard for him to go to the toilet as it was sore.
On July 6th, he had to be put down because he had collapsed the day before and the cancer was killing him day by day. I had hoped to have the summer with him, but it ended before it even started.
People say there is no such thing as the "perfect horse" but trust me, he was perfect, he had a heart of gold and I could tell him anything, I wish I could’ve had him longer but has in a better place now.
I decided to raise money for the Animal Health Trust to help raise money to find a better cure for cancer in not only horses but cats and dogs too. So far I have raised £1230.00 from two bake sales and one sponsored walk. I have a few things planned for the future months and on my bucket list I hope to rise between £5000 and £10000.
Sponsor Mia as she raises money in memory of Sam.
My beloved dog, Taz, is currently suffering from lymphoma cancer which sadly in his case is incurable. He has been receiving chemotherapy treatment to make the time he has left with us more comfortable, however we will soon have to suffer the heartbreak of losing him.
This is why I chose to fundraise for the Animal Health Trust. They are currently researching into canine cancer which will hopefully result in being able to treat and cure more dogs in the future.
Just because there’s nothing that could be done for Taz, doesn’t mean we should give up the fight on canine cancer! This fundraising could help save someone else’s companion, so I've set myself a target of raising £3,000 for the AHT.
The work the AHT carries out is truly incredible, I am so happy to be supporting them. The Trek across the Great Wall of China will be both physically and mentally challenging, however I couldn’t think of a better charity to be doing this for!
Cancer has to be one of - if the not the most - feared word of our lives now withour dogs. One of the first thoughts that come to mind is: I hope it does not happen to my dog, or how sorry we are to hear it has struck yet another one. I was no different, that day back in August 2013, when my Vet Steve Tasker told me Zoe (aged 12 had Lymphoma stage 3).
But thanks to research we do have some hope. I took my vet, Steve Tasker's, advice I trusted him 100% and decided to go down the Chemotherapy road in the hope to try & save Zoe's life. An emotional roller-coaster for any owner and their family, and of course individual choice. I decided to put my full trust in my vet & Zoe commenced Chemotherapy. That was almost 20 months ago.
Zoe made it, she is fit and well. But for every Zoe, there are thousands that don't make it, they just die, yet more victims to cancer.
Dogs as young as three months have been diagnosed with Lymphoma, we now have so many Golden Retrievers dying so young of Cancer it's heartbreaking. But we can help. This is why I have set up a fundraising campaign for the Animal Health Trust called Zoe's Journey UK.
We need funds to help research cancer in dogs. There was a time when there was no hope for Lymphoma, now we have Chemo, but we need funds to help the AHT research into all these cancers that sadly take these dogs away from us so quickly. Lymphoma is very quick but there is treatment. However, for many cancers there is nothing we can do. They shouldn't just die when we can help research.
Steve & the team at Watkins & Tasker saved Zoe's life. I would also like to take this opportunity to particularly thank Janet Wellens who started Golden Retrievers England UK on Facebook, without whom none of this would have been possible. Let's try and make a difference to the research into cancer in dogs. Thank you. Jayne May.
Help support Zoe's Journey UK by donating whatever you can, holding an event, auction anything to help this worthy cause. You can also follow Zoe's Journey UK on Facebook.
I have chosen to support the AHT towards the control, surveillance, and increased knowledge of Equine Atypical Myopathy to help find a cure towards or reduce incidences of the awful epidemic. Equine Atypical Myopathy has hit the UK & Europe hard this autumn and due to the ever increasing milder winter seasons, this is sure to continue year after year.
Having recently lost a dear broodmare I used to look after, who also lost her unborn foal and one year-old filly to this condition - this is a cause close to my heart. I have two horses who are my universe and many of my friends own horses - I will be running proud knowing each footstep I take means I am helping find a cure and save many horses lives in the future.
For Lara, Sonnet & the unborn foal, plus the hundreds of the poor other horses - Run free and I am going to run for you.