Incredible fundraiser aims to run 11 triathlons in one year to raise funds for the AHT’s research into cancer in dogs
Daisy Ledger, a 24 year-old woman from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has gone Triathlon-mad in order to raise much-needed funds for cancer research in dogs. Daisy is about to complete her 10th and penultimate triathlon on Monday 27 August in Oxford, her home town.
Daisy is undertaking the challenge in memory of Moose, her loveable childhood pet Labrador and an important part of the family. The Ledger family sadly lost Moose in April last year after a short and sudden battle with cancer. Moose was 11 years old and died just two weeks after the diagnosis. With one in four dogs getting cancer, and the disease being the biggest killer of dogs over the age of ten, unfortunately Daisy and her family are not alone in their loss.
After losing Moose, Daisy found out more about the disease and was surprised to learn how many other people had also lost dogs to cancer, that cancer research in dogs is poorly funded and that very few research and treatments were available. Daisy also found that she was not alone in wanting to do something to help.
Inspired by a Facebook group called Zoe’s Journey UK, where hundreds of dog owners are raising money for the Animal Health Trust’s canine cancer research programme, Daisy set herself the target of completing 11 triathlons in 2018 – one for every year of Moose’s life – to help raise more awareness and funds. So far Daisy has raised over £1,700 for the Animal Health Trust and would like to try and get to £2,000. To sponsor Daisy, go to: bit.ly/Dledger
Daisy never used to be a fitness fanatic, so this has not been an easy achievement for her. In fact, Daisy completed her very first triathlon, at Blenheim, less than a year before deciding to take on this incredible challenge. Daisy has been training twice a day, six days a week to maintain her fitness. To fit in the 11 triathlons this has meant completing two triathlons in one weekend – on two occasions – pushing herself to the extreme.
Daisy said: “This has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do – mentally and physically – but it’s not as hard as finding out your dog only has two weeks to live and there’s nothing the vet can do. There’s just not enough awareness of what a big problem cancer is in dogs so I hope this challenge will go a small way towards changing that.
I’m not sure how I will feel when I’m finished but I’m really proud to be able to do something that will help other dogs in Moose’s memory. He was the perfect family pet and I wish we could have given him more options at the end. This is why we need to support more research into cancer in dogs.”
Daisy’s Triathlon journey started in March and has included the following events, all over the country:
- 30 March – Radley
- 6 May – Tewkesbury
- 7 May – Winchester
- 19 May – Eton/Dorney lakes
- 20 May – Banbury
- 2 June – Blenheim Palace
- 10 June – Henley
- 17 June – New Forest
- 4 August – London
- 27 August – Oxford
- 9 September – Cotswold
Daisy – we think you’re amazing! Thank you for all your incredible efforts. Please show your support for Daisy by donating on her JustGiving page: bit.ly/Dledger