Meet our fundraisers
Every year we are blown away by the individuals who give up their time to support the Animal Health Trust and our vital research. Find out how you can support the AHT.
We couldn’t help animals without the support of animal lovers.
We’re incredibly lucky – and thankful – to have such a great team of fundraisers behind us. Every year so many people give up their time to support the Animal Health Trust and our vital research. Read on to meet some of our fundraisers. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own fundraising event, you’re sure to find it here!
Luke’s mammoth challenge in memory of Alfie
Meet Luke, who will soon be taking on a mammoth challenge to raise money for our research into cancer in dogs, in memory of Alfie.
Always full of energy and enthusiasm, German Shepherd Alfie was a much-loved pet and best friend. At just eight years old, Alfie suddenly deteriorated overnight and within just a few hours his vets found tumours in his spleen. These were operated on and removed and within 24 hours Alfie was back to his normal self – happy and mischievous as ever.
Luke and his family had an amazing 5 weeks with him, as if nothing was ever wrong! Sadly days later, the family woke to find Alfie very uncomfortable and rushed him back to the vets, who diagnosed internal bleeding probably caused by more tumours. Advised it was too late to operate again, Luke and his family said goodbye to their beloved Alfie.
“We were very lucky to give Alfie another few weeks of being back to his happy self,” said Luke.
Driven by a determination to help pets live longer, healthier lives, Luke is starting his extreme challenge by cycling the 500 miles from Somerset to Perth, Scotland. Setting off on 6 September, this part of Luke’s challenge should take around a week and a half – but that’s not the end! Luke will then be taking on the Ultra Spartan Race straight after! This 50km race is certainly not for the faint-hearted – it has 60 obstacles along the route and the fastest completion time is 7 hours!
Josh takes on half marathon to aid cancer research
Josh Somers will soon be pulling on his trainers to take part in the Simply Health Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon to raise money for the AHT’s cancer research in dogs, having been inspired by his dog Murphy.
Murphy was just 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a highly malignant bone tumour with an average survival time of between 1 and 12 months.
Following amputation of his leg, Murphy underwent a course of chemotherapy at the AHT lasting several months. “Their knowledge and caring approach was amazing, and with their help, Murphy is still here bouncing today (12 years old, and 7 years post diagnosis)”, explained Josh.
“Not only am I supporting the Animal Health Trust for what they did for me, I’m also supporting them for the research they do into disease and genetic causes of ill-health in all animals. As a Veterinary Nurse, I am working with these conditions every day and seeing the devastating effects these illnesses have on animals and their families – I like to think that one day, we will be able to prevent this from happening.”
Kim’s pulling on her trainers for hydro
Wanting to give something back to a department that has helped her dog so much, Kim running the Kings Forest 10km to raise money for our fantastic hydrotherapy department.
Almost two years ago, Kim’s Border Collie Frank suffered a ruptured disc in his spine, leaving him paralysed in his back legs. He has since been coming to the Animal Health Trust for hydrotherapy, which has given him a new lease of life. Although he will not walk again, the hydrotherapy has given him more confidence and strengthened his core muscles to allow him to use his doggy wheelchair.
“Looking after a disabled dog is a challenge but the hydro team at the Animal Health Trust understand this and help to advise and ease my worries,” Kim explained. “They provide Frank with welcome relief for his front paws and, above all, he has an amazing time. The treatment has played a major role in helping me keep a happy dog. I can’t thank the team enough and want to give something back to the department that provides Frank with such joy and so they can continue with their research and treatment using hydrotherapy. A dog is part of the family and if the worst happens, this team does everything to get your dog back on their feet.”
Anne conquers Thames Path 100km Ultra Challenge!
This is Jasper, a 6-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
After researching the disease, his owner Anne was shocked to learn how common cancer is in dogs and found out that we are the only UK charity with a dedicated research programme focused on beating canine cancer.
Wanting to help make a difference to dogs like her own Jasper, Anne signed up for the Thames Path 100km Challenge to raise money to go towards our research.
“I have decided to fundraise for this cause to help the many dogs out there facing all sorts of cancer,” Anne explained. “I do a number of ultra-marathons each year but decided that Thames Path would be a great opportunity to raise some sponsorship. It is something positive I can do and helps me focus on things other than chemo appointments.”
We’re so pleased to reveal that Anne not only completed this walk in just under 25 hours, but also raised over £1700 – an incredible achievement and phenomenal total! Although the walk was gruelling, Anne pushed through and delighted to meet Jasper and Qwin at the end, both sporting their AHT jackets.
Once again, and on behalf of all dogs affected by cancer, a massive well done and thank you Anne!
Dog shows, dog walks, cycle rides, marathons, auctions, cake sales, sponsored stay sober campaigns, go ape adventures… no two fundraising activities are ever the same.
Zoe’s Journey UK
Started by Jayne May from Bristol, Zoe’s Journey UK is a Facebook group which has brought dog lovers affected by cancer together. This group have been raising money for the AHT’s cancer research in dogs since 2015 and are heading towards £150,000 raised in total. Zoe was a Golden Retriever owned by Jayne who beat lymphoma and lived to be a very old age. Zoe has been an inspiration for many people and still inspires this incredible fundraising campaign to reach new goals.
Robert Beevers, our youngest-ever fundraiser!
Robert’s family have Flat-Coated Retrievers and Robert first found out about the AHT at Crufts when we was showing his dog Brownie. Instantly inspired by our research, Robert began fundraising for the AHT. To say thank you – and to continue inspiring a young vet or scientist – we were very pleased to show Robert behind the scenes as a thank you!