The AHT has received a cheque for £58,000 following a fund-raising effort by animal lovers determined to fight canine cancer.

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The cheque being presented at the AHT by Zoe’s Journey UK and Mark Labbett.

The initiative, Zoe’s Journey UK, was created in 2015 by Jayne May from Bristol, whose 13-year-old golden retriever Zoe was given the all clear from lymphoma.

Since, more than 600 golden retriever lovers have united to help fund-raise for further research, having raised more than £58,000.

The cheque was presented to the AHT by Zoe’s Journey UK members and Mark Labbett from ITV’s The Chase at a celebration event in Newmarket on 25 April.

Dedicated cancer fight

The AHT is the only UK charity with a dedicated canine cancer research team. It will put the funds towards a research project for lymphoma – the most common canine cancer.

The donation has also supported the charity’s ongoing research to develop a prognostic test for vets treating dogs with mast cell tumours – the most common canine skin cancer.

Ms May said: “Initially, I set out to raise £5,000, but never could have dreamed the campaign would achieve £58,000. Everyone is 100% committed to this cause.”

Humble boost

Mike Starkey, head of molecular oncology research at the AHT, said the charity was grateful and humbled to have been chosen as the beneficiaries of the fund-raising campaign.

“Sadly, cancer research in dogs is quite poorly funded, so the Zoe’s Journey UK campaign is a huge boost to our research – especially when you consider any advancements could benefits people, too,” he said.

Zoe passed away in April. She was almost 15 years old and free from cancer.

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