Published: 13/03/2013 16:31:04
aht crufts cycling challenge raises £1,000
AHT vets, scientists and fundraisers took turns cycling on the AHT stand at Crufts to raise awareness of, and vital funds for, our cancer research.
An ambitious target of 400 miles (100 miles a day) was set. Through hard work, determination and passion, the AHT team managed to cycle over 500 miles in total, smashing the target and raising an incredible £1,000 for our work!
Over the four days, 15 staff members including: Dr Mark Vaudin, Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Andrew Waller, Head of Bacteriology and Sue Murphy, Head of the Small Animal Centre, took turns to pedal for the cause.
The cyclists were supported by numerous volunteers, armed with fundraising buckets and Canine Ambassadors, to help raise awareness about cancer in dogs. The Canine Ambassadors included: Bedlington Terriers, Bull Mastiffs, Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Italian Spinoni, Labrador Retrievers, Leonbergers, Papillons, Red Setters and a Pug called Colin!
AHT experts were also on hand in the Kennel Club’s ‘Breeding for the Future’ zone to offer advice and answer queries from dog owners. Scientists and clinicians from our inherited disease, cancer and seasonal canine illness (SCI) research groups, along with representatives from the AHT’s genetic services team, offered support to dog breeders and owners in making responsible breeding choices and improving the health of their pets.
Dr Mark Vaudin said: “Crufts is a great place to raise awareness of the vital work of the AHT, and this year we had a particular focus on our cancer research. With one in four dogs developing some form of cancer in their lifetime, it’s important that we tell people about the disease, and raise much-needed funds for our on-going cancer research projects.
“Everyone taking part did an amazing job. It’s a great achievement to have exceeded our initial target by cycling over 500 miles at Crufts. To raise so much money on top of that is the icing on the cake, and I would like to thank everyone that has donated to the cause at Crufts.”
The AHT’s Crufts stand was kitted out with two professional road bikes. One was a Victoria Pendleton series bike, which the gold medallist signed in person when she visited the stand on Friday 8 March to wish the AHT team well on their challenge. The signed Pendleton bike will feature as a raffle prize, at the AHT Dogs Sportive cycling event on Sunday 4 August being held at Lanwades Park, home of the AHT. Raffle tickets will be available from the AHT shortly.
The Dogs Sportive, in association with The British Cycling Club and the Newmarket Cycling Club, will offer three cycling routes of 25 miles, 50 miles or 80 miles to raise further funds for the AHT’s cancer research.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01638 555648 for more details.
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