A veterinary nurse has raised more than £10,000 in a crowdfunding appeal to fund research into Alabama rot.

Jessica Worthington (second left) presents a cheque to Sandy Gatward from the New Forest Dog Owners Group, with David Walker and Laura Holm from Anderson Moores.
Jessica Worthington (second left) presents a cheque to Sandy Gatward from the New Forest Dog Owners Group, with David Walker and Laura Holm from Anderson Moores.

RVN Jessica Worthington had initially hoped to raise £1,000 in a month, but increased her target when supporters donated that amount in a matter of hours.

Mrs Worthington, from Vets Now Referrals in Swindon, undertook the fund-raising campaign after her cocker spaniels Pippa and Molly contracted Alabama rot – also known as cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) – following a forest walk last year.

Mrs Worthington sought specialist veterinary help as soon as possible, but Pippa’s condition deteriorated over time and the decision was taken to euthanise her. Molly recovered sufficiently enough to be able to return home.

Overwhelmed

“I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of support, love and well wishes I have received throughout my fundraising journey,” said Mrs Worthington.

“I hope the positive steps towards eradicating CRGV will leave a legacy for Pippa.”

A total of £10,208.50 was raised and donated to the New Forest Dog Owners Group’s research fund into CRGV.

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