Senior Medivet partner Adi Nell is celebrating after his London to Brighton bike ride raised more than £1,000 for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF).

Mr Nell – a former president of the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons – took part in the doitforcharity London to Brighton Cycle 2014 and admitted to nursing sore knees after completing the challenge in three hours and 15 minutes.

Mr Nell said AWF is Medivet’s charity of the year.

“I’m a big fan of its work and have supported it for several years. As I’ve been a keen cyclist all my life, the London to Brighton bike ride was a perfect opportunity to raise money for AWF and talk about its vital work on animal welfare in the UK and internationally.”

The Animal Welfare Foundation was set up in 1983 by veterinary surgeons concerned about a range of welfare issues.

“The AWF is run by vets driven by a common concern for the well-being of animals,” said Mr Nell. “They’re helping to curb the illegal trade of exotic birds and tackle controversial subjects such as non-accidental injury, and the need to understand the causes of this type of behaviour.”

AWF runs a number of “highly effective education projects” said Mr Nell.

“We’ve invited our practices to take part in AWF week from October 4-11. The money raised by staff and customers will go towards an AWF campaign to improve pet owner education, including a film on cat behaviour.”

The AWF produces a range of advice leaflets for pet owners, which can be downloaded free from its website. You can also support its work by making a donation via the website, by texting AWFNO1 £10 to 70070, or via JustGiving.

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